Careers Service

Part-time and vacation

The number of part-time and vacation jobs in some traditional sectors has been much reduced by the impact of COVID-19, but other sectors have seen an increase and new types of work have emerged. Here you'll find information on part time and vacation work including typical jobs, where to find vacancies, advice on combining part time work with your studies and your rights at work.

Where to find jobs

When looking for a part-time job, make sure you not only check a range of vacancy sources frequently, but that you also take a proactive approach to finding work.

Combining work and study

The best rule is to only take on work which will not interfere with your academic commitments. On this page you will find guidance to help you combine work and study.

Typical earnings and methods of payment

Information on what you could expect to earn for part time work across different employment sectors, the National Minimum Wage and information on methods of payment.

Typical employers and jobs

Edinburgh hosts a wide range of employers from private business, public sector, and voluntary/charitable organisations. MyCareerHub advertises jobs across all sectors and has strong links with individual households and the University.

Edinburgh Award

The Careers Service runs a number of versions of the Edinburgh Award for students who do part time or vacation work. You can find out more using the link below:

Edinburgh Award