What are the rules for young people in work?
There are different rules and regulations for young people in general employment and those working in entertainment and modelling.
Read useful information about child employment for both young people and the employer.
- students guide to employment - what you can and can't do (PDF 103KB)
- parent/guardian guide to employment - things you need to know (PDF 101KB)
- employers guide to child employment - the law and your responsibilities (PDF 101KB)
- bye laws for child employment (PDF 124KB)
Who can work?
Young people are allowed by law to be employed part time from the age of 13 to 16, with the exception of children involved in television, theatre, modelling or similar activities.
If a young person has a national insurance number this does not mean they can leave school and work full time. They will still have to wait until they are past compulsory school age.
What is the national minimum wage and does it apply to young people?
These rates are current from October 2016 (rate per hour)
- 21 and over £6.95
- 18 to 20 years old £5.55
- under 18 £4
- apprentices £3.40
If you are an employer wanting to apply for an employment permit
Please contact the Child Employment and Licensing Officer for an employment permit application pack, this will be sent out to you and will take 2 to 3 days to arrive.
You must return the employment permit application form signed by the parent/carer and with a copy of the young person’s birth certificate, your application for a permit will be delayed . Only the employer can make an application for an employment permit for a young person.
If you are a young person/parent/carer and would like to discuss work permit applications please contact the Child Employment and Licensing Office.