Jacaranda is based in London Bridge and we have jobs in the capital, close to London and closer to the seaside, as well as other towns and cities all around England, Scotland and Wales.
Find out more about some of the places you can work in the UK.. We have jobs in rural and countryside settings if you prefer peace and quiet to the hustle and bustle of city life.
It is an advantage in your job search if can read up on and find out about the British social system. We provide an outline of the sectors, indicative salaries and what to consider when choosing which jobis right for you.
Type of work
Jacaranda helps social care professionals find jobs in the United Kingdom. Those we help include:
- Social workers
- (Social) educators
- Social pedagogues
Have a look at some of our current jobs.
How Jacaranda will help you get a job
Remember, we do not not charge you for our service to you in helping you find a job.
Register with us!
Send us your CV and you will be registered on our mailing list. We will send you job updates. You can also follow us on twitter (@JobJacaranda) and on Facebook (Jacaranda - like our page). We post and tweet news items, hints and tips on finding a social work job and our latest vacancies.
When you apply for a job you like, we make an appointment to talk about it. We will give you extra information on the job, explain the application process, assess your English and suitability for the job.This is nothing to be nervous about and there is no need to prepare for it. It takes about 30 minutes.
Applying for a specific job & Feedback on application form
We email job details frequently. When you see a job you like, follow the instructions on the advert. Usually this involves informing yourself about the job and completing a specific application form. We will give you feedback and you may want to make some changes. We have placed hundreds of European social workers and social pedagogues in the UK and know what information employers need to see.
Invitation to interview & preparation
Sometimes we make the decision if you are invited to interview, sometimes the employer makes this decision. Sometimes you need to apply for several jobs before you are invited to interview.
Once invited, we will tell you where you need to be and at what time, give you links on how to get there and tips for finding somewhere to stay.
We will also tell you what documents to bring to interview, about the dress code and how you can prepare. We offer group or individual preparation sessions in advance of your interview.
Attending the interview
Interviews take place in the UK – you cover the cost of flight, travel and accommodation, unless you are informed any different (some employers make a contribution, but rarely). Usually the Jacaranda consultant you have been working with will be at the interviews. Often interviews are in groups because employers ask us to find them e.g. 5 social workers in one go. Interviews usually include an opportunity to spend some time looking around, meeting people and asking questions.
Job offer and recruitment checking
If all goes well, you will be made a job offer. Jacaranda informs you about this and guides you through the next steps. We start talking about the specific salary you will be offered and when you can start work. We also need to collect certain documents from you and get contact information from your past employers. You will usually work with your future employer directly on this.
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS, previously Criminal Record Bureau)
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS, previously Criminal Record Bureau) is a more detailed police-check. Everyone who works with vulnerable people needs to have this check done. The requirements are very specific (e.g. you provide your address details for the last 5 years and you have to provide specific documents to prove your identity and address). We will advise you about this later.
You can only start work when you are HCPC registered (if the job requires it, not all jobs do), you have your DBS check and all other reference and recruitment checks are back and signed off by your future employer. This can take some time, and it helps to be organised!
A new job in a new country! Congratulations! It is a wonderful feeling, maybe mixed with nerves and apprehensions, but hundreds of people before you have done it – if you want to read some experience stories, just ask us.