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Durham University

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Employment Information

National Insurance Numbers

It is essential that you have a National Insurance Number when working in the UK.

The National Insurance Number is made up of a series of letters and numbers and is unique to you. It makes sure your National Insurance contributions and tax are only recorded against your name. You pay National Insurance contributions to build up your entitlement to certain state benefits, including the State Pension.

To get a National Insurance Number you must have the right to work or study in the UK.

You pay National Insurance if you are:

-16 or over

-an employee earning above £155 a week (you still need a National Insurance Number even if you are not earning over this threshold)

For more information and to apply for a National Insurance Number visit the Gov.UK website.


Durham City

The Palatine Centre
Durham University
Stockton Road

Tel: 0191 334 1437

Opening Times:

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Ebsworth Foyer
Ebsworth Building
TS17 6BH

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