Opening a UK Bank Account - There's No Need to Wait

When you first arrive in the UK it can take some weeks to set up a UK bank account and it can take even longer if you don’t have a permanent address right away. Payments into international accounts often attract extra charges and money can take longer to clear, so you’ll want to set up a UK account as quickly as possible.

This is why we’ve teamed up with a global banking organisation to allow you to open a UK bank account before you travel, so everything is in place when you start work.

This offer allows you to open a UK current account with benefits including:

  • Free day to day banking – no subscription charges
  • Overdraft Facility – giving you additional flexibility (subject to eligibility)
  • Emergency cash if you lose your card
  • Visa debit card
  • Online, mobile and telephone banking
  • Full access to ATM network – withdraw cash at millions of cash machines across the world

Which countries are included?

This service is available to overseas trained teachers coming to the UK from Canada and European countries such as Ireland, Italy, Spain, France and Germany. 

At this time we're not able to offer it to teachers coming from Australia. 


How to sign up

Our New Business team will give you the information you need to apply, along with a link to the forms and instructions. You will need to follow the instructions carefully to ensure the bank have all the information they require. 

Once your completed forms and documents have been received your account will be opened within a few days. Your account details will be emailed to you and the debit card will be posted to the UK mailing address given in your application. We suggest using the supply teaching agency’s address so you can pick up your card as soon as you arrive.


For more information about how Orange Genie can help please contact us on 01296 468483 or email us at

Why Orange Genie Education?

We employ and pay thousands of supply teachers and education support staff every year. Our employment portfolio stretches over 10 years in the umbrella industry making Orange Genie Education one of the most trusted umbrella brands. With this in mind, there’s no wonder we have long lasting relationships with hundreds of recruitment agencies all over the UK. Upon joining Orange Genie Education you become an employee of ours benefiting from:

Single employer for all assignments

  • One payment for all different agency assignments completed in a week
  • Simplified and efficient taxation from single tax code
  • Guaranteed pay for the work completed
  • Continuous employment rights
  • Maternity and Paternity pay
  • Sick pay
  • Access to a workplace pension
  • Statutory rights
  • Improved personal credit references and rating
  • Save over £700 with Orange Genie Rewards

Reassurance our supply teachers are employed by an FCSA member that protects and supports contractors. Our aspiration is to improve the lives and wellbeing of supply teachers and education support staff.

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