YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

Information on employment for young people of school age

August 30, 2016

Work

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you aged 13-16 and working or thinking of getting a part-time job?

Many children work part-time doing paper rounds or Saturday jobs. It can be good preparation for the future and a helpful source of extra money. If you are thinking of getting a part-time job please read this information first.

How old do I have to be to start work?

You are allowed to do part-time work from your 13th birthday.

What counts as a job?

All young people who work or help in a trade or occupation which is carried out for profit are considered to be employed, even when they receive no payment for that assistance. This includes helping parents with a family business.

Do I need a work permit?

Yes. If you are aged 13 to 16 and still of statutory school age (until the last day of June in Year 11 of your secondary education) your employer must, by law, apply for a work permit from Tower Hamlets Council. Without a work permit you will not be insured against accidents.

Work permits are free.

Can I be stopped from working?

Yes, for the following reasons:

  • If you do not have a work permit
  • If you are illegally employed in a job you are not allowed to do
  • If you are not attending school regularly
  • If you are continually late for school
  • If your school work suffers
  • If your health suffers and you are too tired to learn.

We want you to be safe

So please remember:

  • Your employer must apply for a work permit during the first week that you work.
  • Your employer is responsible for your health, safety and welfare and should complete a risk assessment with you.
  • Your employer has a responsibility to provide any protective clothing needed.
  • It is your responsibility to follow all health and safety instructions and to be sensible and careful in the work place.
  • Talk to your parents about the work and the pay.
  • Do not do any job that could cause you harm or injury.

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Permitted employment for children and young people

Jobs that children aged 13 and above can do

  • Light agricultural and horticultural work
  • Shop work including shelf stacking
  • Delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed materials (but not collecting money).
  • Shampooing and sweeping up in hairdressers
  • Serving tables in a café/restaurant (but not working in the commercial kitchen)
  • Office work
  • Car washing by hand in a private residential setting
  • Working in riding stables
  • Domestic work in hotels.

In addition, young people aged 14 and above can work with their parents in a market if they have a work permit.

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Jobs children aged 13 and above CANNOT do

No child of any age may be employed:

  • In a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club, except if the child is performing and is licensed to do so.
  • In a factory or industrial undertaking.
  • To sell or deliver alcohol (except in sealed containers and under the supervision of a responsible adult).
  • Delivering milk.
  • Delivering fuel oils.
  • In any commercial kitchen such as a café, pub, hotel or fish and chip shop.
  • Collecting or sorting refuse.
  • In any work that is more than three metres above ground or floor level.
  • In employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents.
  • Collecting money or selling or canvassing door to door.
  • In work involving exposure to adult material or in situations which are for this reason otherwise unsuitable for children.
  • In telephone sales.
  • In any slaughterhouse or in that part of a butcher’s shop or any other premises connected with the killing of livestock, butchery or the preparation of carcasses or meat for sale.
  • As an attendant or assistant in a fairground or amusement arcade (where gambling takes place).
  • In the personal care of residents in any residential care home or nursing home.

Employment of children and young people – working hours

Children may work for maximum of 12 hours in any week during term time.

Age 13-14

 

School days:

  • Up to a maximum of two hours in one day.
  • Only one hour may be worked between 7:00am and the start of school.
  • No work may be undertaken during the school day.
  • Work can be undertaken in the evenings between the close of school and 7:00pm.
  • No work may be undertaken after 7:00pm.

Saturdays:

  • A maximum of five hours between 7:00am and 7:00pm.
  • They must have a rest break of one hour every four hours.

Sundays:

  • A maximum of two hours between 7:00am and 7:00pm.

School holidays:

  • Maximum of five hours per day Monday to Saturday between 7:00am and 7:00pm (only two hours on Sunday).
  • Maximum 25 hours a weeek.
  • They must have a break from work of two consecutive weeks during the year taken during school holidays.
  • They must have a rest break of one hour every four hours.

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AGE 15-16

 

School days

  • Up to a maximum of two hours in one day.
  • Only one hour may be worked between 7:00am and the start of school.
  • No work may be undertaken during the school day.
  • Work can be undertaken in the evenings between the close of school and 7:00pm.
  • No work may be undertaken after 7:00pm.

Saturdays  

  • A maximum of eight hours between 7:00am and 7:00pm.
  • They must have a rest break of one hour every four hours.

Sundays

  • Two hours between 7:00am and 7:00pm.

School holidays 

  • Maximum of eight hours per day Monday to Saturday between 7:00am and 7:00pm (only two hours on Sunday).
  • Maximum 35 hours a week.
  • They must have a break from work of two consecutive weeks during the year taken during school holidays.
  • They must have a rest break of one hour every four hours.

 

 

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