Personal loans available to new employees

About to start a new role or haven't been in your current job long? Here's what you need to know before you apply for a personal loan.

When assessing a loan application, lenders check a range of aspects to ensure you can manage the loan and that you aren't too risky to lend to. Part of this assessment is your employment. Most lenders will require you to be employed (although some do not), to earn a certain income and to have been employed for a certain amount of time. This guide will take you through what employment criteria may apply, especially if you're a new employee, to give you a better chance of being approved.

HSBC Personal Loan Offer

HSBC Personal Loan


9.50 % p.a.

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10.06 % p.a.

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  • Competitive interest rate
  • Additional payments OK
  • Borrow up to $50,000
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HSBC Personal Loan Offer

Apply for a HSBC Personal Loan and you'll get access a competitive interest rate offer and a flexible range of repayment options.

  • Interest rate from: 9.50% p.a.
  • Comparison rate: 10.06% p.a.
  • Interest rate type: Fixed
  • Application fee: $150
  • Minimum loan amount: $5,000
  • Maximum loan amount: $50,000
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Compare a range of personal loans

Find a range of loans below that you can compare if you've only been employed for a short time.

Rates last updated May 23rd, 2018
Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Monthly Service Fee Application Fee Product Description Monthly Repayment
HSBC Personal Loan
From 9.5% (fixed)
1 to 5 years
A competitive fixed interest rate loan with the option to make extra repayments. Rates range from 9.5% p.a. to 15.99% p.a. based on your credit history.
SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan
From 7.5% (fixed)
2 to 5 years
3% (of loan amount)
Based on your risk profile, you will receive a tailored rate between 7.5% and 20.49% with a SocietyOne personal loan.
Harmoney Unsecured Personal Loan
From 6.99% (fixed)
3 to 5 years
$500 (Upfront fee)
Interest rates are tailored to each applicant individually, and start from as low as 6.99% p.a. to 26.95% p.a.. based on your credit history.
Citi Personal Loan Plus
From 8.99% (variable)
3 to 5 years
Borrow up to $75,000 to use for a range of purposes. You’ll receive a rate of between 8.99% p.a. and 17.99% p.a. depending on your risk profile. (Comparison Rate of 9.96% p.a. to 18.91% p.a..)
NOW FINANCE Personal Loans
From 7.95% (fixed)
1.5 to 7 years
$395 (Based on $10,000)
Get rewarded with a low interest rate for your good credit history. Rates from 7.95% p.a. to 16.95% p.a. depending on your credit score.
Wisr Personal Loan
From 8.5% (variable)
3 to 5 years
Get a personalised interest rate between 8.5% p.a. and 18.5% p.a. and use your funds for any purpose.
ANZ Fixed Rate Personal Loan
10.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
Apply for up to $50,000 to use however you choose and benefit from a competitive fixed rate.
MyState Unsecured Personal Loan
12.99% (variable)
1 to 7 years
Apply for up to $50,000 and make additional repayments at any time without penalty.
Westpac Unsecured Personal Loan
12.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
$250 (No establishment fee for a new Unsecured Personal Loan before 14 June 2018)
A competitive, fixed rate personal loan that allows you to make extra repayments. Apply before 14 June 2018 and pay $0 establishment fee.
Latitude Personal Loan (Unsecured)
From 13.99% (fixed)
2 to 7 years
$250 (Loans under $4000 - $140)
An unsecured loan with a tailored rate from 13.99% p.a. to 29.99% p.a. designed for multiple purposes including renovating, buying a car or travelling.
Heritage Bank Standard Personal Loan
12.99% (fixed)
1 to 5 years
A flexible personal loan where you can choose a fixed or variable rate and make extra repayments at any time.
RACQ Unsecured Personal Loan
12.95% (variable)
5 years
Apply for up to $60,000 to use for a variety of purposes end enjoy no penalty for early repayment. Note: You must be a QLD resident to apply.
St.George Unsecured Personal Loan - Fixed Rate
From 12.99% (fixed)
1 to 5 years
Convenient redraw facility and flexible personal loan repayment options with a competitive interest rate between 12.99% p.a. and 19.99% p.a.. If you borrow more than $10,000 to buy a new or used car, you'll receive a $200 fuel card. Note: Must apply before 28 June 2018.

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What do lenders consider when approving personal loans?

Lenders look at a variety of criteria, which can include any of the following:

  • Age. You need to be over the age of 18 to be eligible.
  • Employment. There are a few factors that come into play with employment criteria. You may need to be employed full-time (although part-time and casual employees also have loan options) and you may need to earn a certain income to be eligible. You also may need to have held your current job for a minimum period of time. See below for more information.
  • Credit history. Traditional lenders such as banks and credit unions will normally require you to have good credit to be eligible. That is, no negative listings such as defaults, bankruptcies or multiple credit enquiries can be listed on your file. However, there are bad credit personal loans available.
  • Residency. You will usually need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to be eligible, but some lenders do consider temporary residents for personal loans.

How long do I need to have been employed to apply for a personal loan?

LenderMinimum incomeMinimum time you must have been employed (full-time)Minimum time you must have been employed (part-time)
ANZ$15,000 p.a.3 months6 months
BankwestN/A3 months3 months
Bank of MelbourneN/A2 payslips6 months
BankSAN/A2 payslips6 months
Bendigo BankN/AN/AN/A
Citibank$40,000 p.a.N/AN/A
CommBankN/ANo minimum3 months for casual employees
enably$1,500 per month3 months3 months
Gateway CUN/AN/AN/A
IMB$26,000 p.a.N/A12 months
MoneyMeN/ADepends on incomeDepends on income
SocietyOne$30,000 p.a.N/AN/A
St.GeorgeN/ANo minimum6 months
WestpacN/AN/A12 months

How can I get approved for a personal loan as a new employee?

If you've just started a new role or are about to start, keep the following in mind before you submit your application:

  • Consider applying for a lower amount. Lenders may be more hesitant to approve you for a larger loan, especially if you haven't been at your job long. Think about how much you really need to borrow and apply for just as much as you need.
  • Offer security. A secured loan is less risky for a lender and you may be more likely to be approved.
  • Can you wait to apply? Waiting even a month or two may give you a better chance. Lenders consider probationary periods to range from three to six months, so if you are close to being employed for that length of time you may want to wait.
  • Make sure you meet all of the other minimum requirements. Lenders have a range of minimum requirements you need to meet that extend beyond employment. Check you meet all of these as well.
  • Check your credit history. If you aren't sure what's on your credit file or how good your credit score is, it's worth checking before you apply. You can check your credit score for free on and you can order a free copy of your credit report from Equifax.
  • Let your employer know. Lenders may want to confirm your employment with your current employer, so giving them a heads-up before this happens can help speed up the process.
  • Provide as much supporting documentation as possible. If you have any assets or savings you should provide evidence of these as part of your application.
  • Consider talking directly with the lender before applying. Still not sure if you're eligible? Talk directly with the lender before submitting your application. The lender won't be able to tell you definitely whether or not you'll be approved but they may be able to shed some light on their criteria in relation to your financial circumstances.

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SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan

Based on your risk profile, you will receive a tailored rate between 7.5% and 20.49% with a SocietyOne personal loan.

Westpac Unsecured Personal Loan

A competitive, fixed rate personal loan that allows you to make extra repayments. Apply before 14 June 2018 and pay $0 establishment fee.

Harmoney Unsecured Personal Loan

Interest rates are tailored to each applicant individually, and start from as low as 6.99% p.a. to 26.95% p.a.. based on your credit history.

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    samOctober 20, 2017

    I just started a job this week and I just need a small loan to get through to next week. Would I be able to get a loan?

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      JonathanOctober 20, 2017

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Absolutely! There are lenders on our table that allows no minimum tenure, which you could consider in applying for a short-term personal loan.

      Please be reminded to check their eligibility requirements and loan terms prior applying. Use the calculator at the top of our comparison to get the actual figures, and you may click “Go to Site” green button to proceed of your chosen provider.

      Hope this helps.


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    MattAugust 31, 2017

    I’m 18 and have casual job for the next 3 weeks (barely make $100 a week) before I start a full time apprenticeship (between $400 and $500) a week. I’m looking for a personal loan so I can get a car for my new job. What are my options?

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      JoanneSeptember 1, 2017Staff

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for visiting finder.

      Majority of lenders require you to be in permanent/full-time employment in order to obtain finance. However, some lenders’ minimum criteria just requires you to earn a regular income or requires that you meet a minimum annual income.
      The criteria for this and the personal loans available for casual employees that you can compare can be found on the link below:

      Hope this helps,

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    AdamAugust 30, 2017

    I need a loan from 500 to 700. But I have only been employed for a short time with the company although I’ve been employed with them before. Is there any loan company that will approve me for a loan?

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      JonathanAugust 30, 2017

      Hello Adam,

      Thank you for your question.

      We understand that you are concerned about your job tenure. We have listed on this page different lenders and their minimum time requirement on your present job. Casual workers are also being considered.

      We recommend that you inform the lender of your choice that you have been employed on the same company in the past. You can refer to this page on how to maximize your chances of approval.

      Hope this helps.


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