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Child Employment Law – Students with part time jobs

 

It is fantastic that so many of our students have part time jobs. It shows great levels of responsibility in line with our values and gives independence. However, we ask that local employers always keep in mind Government guidance, or you could be placing your business at risk.

 

Guide to Child Employment Leaflet

Work Permit Application Form - April 2021

 

Restrictions on child employment

There are several restrictions on when and where children are allowed to work.

Children are not allowed to work:

  • Without an employment permit issued by the education department of the local council, if this is required by local bylaws

  • In places like a factory or industrial site

  • During school hours

  • Before 7am or after 7pm

  • For more than one hour before school (unless local bylaws allow it)

  • For more than 4 hours without taking a break of at least 1 hour

  • In any work that may be harmful to their health, well-being, or education

  • Without having a 2-week break from any work during the school holidays in each calendar year

There are also special rules which only apply during term times and school holiday times.

 

Term time rules

During term time children can only work a maximum of 12 hours a week. This includes:

  • A maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays

  • A maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays for 13 to 14-year-olds, or 8 hours for 15 to 16-year-olds

School holiday rules

During school holidays 13 to 14-year-olds are only allowed to work a maximum of 25 hours a week. This includes:

  • A maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays

  • A maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

During school holidays 15 to 16-year-olds can only work a maximum of 35 hours a week. This includes:

  • A maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays

  • A maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

Dated: 30th September 2021

 

Links

Guide for Employers, Parents, Schools and Electively Home Education Students

Local Child Employment and Entertainment Officer

Restrictions On Child Employment

Young People at Work - FAQs