Jobs FAQ’S

You will be eligible to work for us in the UK if you have, or can obtain one of the following:

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa: This scheme is for young people from participating countries who would like to experience life in the UK. The countries in the scheme are Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan. Under the scheme, your national government is your sponsor. British overseas citizens, British Overseas Territories citizens and British nationals (overseas) can also apply under the scheme and do not need a sponsor. Visas are usually issued for two years. For more information go to the UK Visas and Immigration page.

Ancestry Visa or Certificate of Entitlement/Right of Abode: If your parents or grandparents were born in the UK, depending on certain rules you can apply for either an ancestry visa, which is usually valid for five years or a certificate of entitlement/right of abode which entitles you to work in the UK without restriction. You might need a letter confirming you are looking for work here in support of your application for an ancestry visa. If applicable we could provide this, but please note any such letter does not constitute a job offer from Oxford Aunts. For more information go to the UK Visas and Immigration page.

EU Passport: If you hold an EU passport then you are usually able to work in the UK without restriction. For further details go to the UK Visas and Immigration page.

Indefinite Leave to Remain: This also makes you eligible to work for us in the UK.

No. Student visas limit you to working a maximum of 40 hours per week in the UK, which unfortunately would not allow you to undertake a client placement with us, as you are required to work more than 40 hours a week caring for our clients. Working for a home care agency would be worth considering as they provide hourly or visiting care, which is more likely meet the restrictions of a student visa. For more information go to the UK Visas and Immigration page.

Unfortunately not as it is you who needs to make the application. You need to contact your local embassy to find out whether you are entitled to a visa. We can provide a letter of support for an ancestry visa, although this is at our discretion and is not given to everyone – we take into account the number of applicants we have at any particular time before saying whether we can issue a letter. A letter of support does not constitute a job offer from Oxford Aunts. For more information go to the UK Visas and Immigration page.

We look at experience across a range of care settings, including residential care or nursing homes, home care agencies or rest homes. If you are a fully trained nurse, you will have the experience we require to be an Oxford Aunts carer. We will also consider experience gained volunteering with charities involved in supporting disabled or older people. If you do not have ‘hands on’ care experience then we recommend you undertake 160 hours of formal care in a residential or nursing home (either paid or on a voluntary basis) before coming to work for us. The experience you have gained needs to be signed off by a competent nurse or Registered Manager. Find out more about working for us and what we look for in our carers.

You must be over 18 to join us as a carer. There is no upper age limit however most of our carers are aged between 25 and 68. If you are under 25 it can sometimes be difficult to obtain car insurance for a carer to enable them to drive a client’s car.

Once you have successfully completed the initial Skype interview and we have received three satisfactory references and relevant police checks, you will be offered a place on our induction training programme in Oxford. Your second and final interview will take place on the first day of induction training. Once you have successfully completed induction training, we will confirm your role as a carer and look to match you with one of our clients for your placement to commence. We place great emphasis on finding the right match for both our clients and carers, so we cannot guarantee how quickly you will start in your long-term placement.

However, we may be able to provide you with a short-term placement covering carer holidays or respite services for our client who use us to support families taking a break, whilst we look to settle you into an on-going placement. If you are coming from overseas, please do not book your flight until you have had confirmation that you have a place secured on induction training.

We offer our live-in care placements that last from a couple of weeks to several months and we liaise with you to agree how long you believe you will available for. Some of our carers remain with their clients for long periods of time, in some cases years, with breaks taken on an ad-hoc basis. This person-centred approach to both our carers and clients allows for consistency of care, whilst allowing you to achieve a balanced lifestyle, with the ability to decide when you can work in a placement for us.

It is not essential, however with a driving licence we have more choice over the clients we can place you with as some will specifically request a carer that can drive, which can speed up the time it takes to offer you a placement.

It is important to consider whether working for Oxford Aunts is right for you. Our employment contract is suitable for people who want to work from time-to-time, or who want to combine working with travelling and/or spending time with family.  In essence you tell us when you are available for work and we seek to find you a placement that works for you. If you need continuous guaranteed work, then this type of arrangement is probably not right for you. However, we will always do our utmost to place you in a suitable placement without undue delay once you have notified us you are available for work.

We also plan ahead and generally have a good idea of what placements are becoming available and are in regular communication with our carers, including those who are currently not working in a client placement so we have a good understanding of when carers are available.

Yes, there are several incentives we offer carers who join us:

  • Free accommodation all year round in our own house or flat in Oxford whilst completing induction or update training. Carers receive up to five nights’ accommodation plus £40 towards travel to/from induction training.
  • We cover the cost of a UK police check (DBS).
  • Carers who return to us from overseas receive up to three nights’ free accommodation in Oxford leading up to their placement starting or after their placement finishes before they fly home, as well as £40 travel costs.
  • We offer double pay rates for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Easter as well as Spring and Autumn public holidays, unless these dates fall on your normal day off.

Yes. Your weekly pay will be paid straight into your account via a BACS transfer. However, it can be very difficult for someone newly arrived from overseas to open a bank account until they have a UK address. If possible, it is best to open an account through your own bank at home or open a HSBC Passport Account or a Lloyds Account in the UK.

We can support you with this and provide a letter of introduction to the bank of your choice as soon as you start work in a placement.

In some circumstances you may need to open a UK bank account with a UK address to apply for your UK police check (known as a DBS).

Many of our carers use online banking apps that are easily available on your mobile device, including Revolut, Transferwise and Monza. These accounts can be opened in your home country and provide you with all the necessary banking information for you to be paid.

Yes. You must complete a UK enhanced police check (known as a DBS). We pay the required fee for this. The identification documents you will need for your DBS application will vary depending on your circumstances. We do appreciate that not all applicants can apply for a DBS before leaving home. In this case, you will need a UK address and will need proof of this address for identification purposes when completing your DBS application.

If you are an overseas applicant, you will be required to bring a full police check from your home country dated within three months of your arrival in the UK.

If you have any questions whatsoever about the DBS process, please contact us for more information at: enquiries@oxfordaunts.co.uk

Please note: South African applicants must obtain a National Police Clearance Certificate based on fingerprints and name check. This much easier to achieve whilst in South Africa, so we encourage to you to get this place before you leave for the UK. Local South African police clearances are not acceptable.

Australia
We require a National Police Clearance Certificate. For further information contact: –
Australian Federal Police, Criminal Records Branch, Locked Bag 1, Weston ACT 2611, Australia Tel: (0) 2 6256 7777 or Fax: (0) 2 6287 0603 or www.afp.gov.au then go to Employment & Services then go to Services.

New Zealand
All the information and application forms are provided on www.justice.govt.nz. Click on ‘Services’ and then select ‘Get a Copy of Your Criminal Record’ from the drop-down menu. You must apply to the Ministry of Justice in writing by completing the appropriate form. You can download the form from the website or have it sent to you by writing to by contacting: The Privacy Unit, Ministry of Justice, National Office, PO BOX 2750, Wellington, New Zealand Or by calling + 64 (4) 918 8800 or fax +64 (4) 918 8974.

South Africa
Police clearance certificates can be applied for at any police station. Fingerprints will also be taken there. These, along with the application form, will then be forwarded to the Central Registry for processing. Contact your local police station for more information.

However, due to the length of time the police clearances can take in SA, we will also accept the 48 hour checks that are available via http://www.nevetecpoliceclearance.co.za. These must be dated within two weeks of your arrival at Oxford Aunts, whereas the standard police clearance would have to be dated within three months of your arrival.

For other countries contact us or conduct a Google Search for information.

A. We are always looking for experienced carers and nurses to join our exceptional team. We do see an increase in demand for carer from Autumn through to early Spring (September – March), so you will there is more available placements during these months for you to choose from.

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