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National Insurance numbers

Your National Insurance (NI) number is a unique number that is used by the UK Government to ensure that you pay the correct amount of tax. This number also gives you access to the benefits of the UK health system.


If you need to pay tax in the UK, you will be issued with an NI number. This is assigned to you for life. If you leave the UK and return later on, you will use the same NI number to track your tax payments and claim healthcare benefits.

NI number myths

One of myths we hear most often is the belief that you can't work without an NI number.

You are allowed to work with a temporary NI number. During this time, some employers will deduct emergency tax from your salary, usually at a flat rate of 22%. To claim this, and any other, tax back at the end of the year, you will need a permanent NI number.

Another great myth is that your NI appointment must be organised before you leave your home country.

Your number is issued by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). They have advised us that you need to be in the UK with a stamped passport before they can send out forms or confirm bookings for NI appointments. Once you have arrived in the UK, you can phone Job Centre Plus immediately to get this organised.

The Easy NINO Service: How we can help you

This service is the most popular add-on to our Kickstart packages. We help you get your NI number with minimal fuss- saving you hours on the phone and endless paperwork- allowing you to get on with the important things.

The quickest way to get your NI number:

  • Complete our easy online application form
  • We'll call DWP, register your application and arrange for the signature form to be posted
  • You sign the form and send it back to us
  • We check it to make sure all the information is correct
  • If you require any supporting documents to prove your employment we can supply them

We've helped thousands of people like you to get their National Insurance number. Let us help you too!


We have some exciting news
for all our Kickstart clients...

Kickstart is rebranding to 1st Contact Sable International! For the last 18 months we've been slowly merging with our big brother, Sable International. Over the next few months we're going to complete that merger.

This will in no way affect your relationship with us. We're not going anywhere, as the entire Kickstart team will be in the same roles at Sable International. You'll still get that great Kickstart service, just under a new name.

We'll be keeping you in the loop as we prepare for the next exciting phase in this rebranding.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

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