Financial support and benefits for Ukrainian guests

National Insurance

You pay National Insurance contributions to qualify for certain benefits and the State Pension. You pay mandatory National Insurance if you’re 16 or over and are either:

  • an employee earning above £184 a week
  • self-employed and making a profit of £6,515 or more a year

More information on National Insurance can be found on the government website.

A National Insurance (NI) number is used to make sure your National Insurance contributions and tax are recorded against your name only. This is a code with letters and numbers and never changes.

If you do not have one, you can find out how to get a National Insurance number online.

When you make an application, you will need to give a copy of your passport and proof that you have the right to work. The employer you want to work for will tell you what documents you need to show.

Employers must do Right to Work checks on everyone they hire. Having a National Insurance number is not part of these checks and having a National Insurance number does not prove that someone has a right to work.

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