After your 13th birthday you may have a job. It must be part-time and outside school hours. There are limitations on the type of work you can do and how much time you can spend at it. If you have a job, you must get a work permit from the council.
Examples of work usually approved:
Types of work never allowed:
The regulations do not cover babysitting and helping at home. You need a permit for helping in a family business or helping someone with paid work.
You may only work on a street trader’s stall if your parents run it and you have a licence. You may not work on a stall on Sundays.
The regulations do not cover how much you should be paid. Different regulations cover acting, performing in shows and entertainment.
You may work up to 2 hours on school days (either 1 hour before and 1 hour after school, or 2 hours after school). You may not work before 7am or after 7pm.
Between 7am and 7pm. Maximum of 5 hours a day if under 15 years or 8 hours a day if over.
Between 7am and 7pm. Maximum of 2 hours a day.
During term time you may not work more than 12 hours in any week. During school holidays you may not work more than 25 hours if you are under 15 or 35 hours you are over 15. You are entitled to a rest of 1 hour after 4 hours work.
The local authority will issue this on application from an employer, if the conditions are fulfilled. The consent of your parent or carer is necessary, and confirmation may be sought from a medical officer (usually an employee’s school medical officer) that the work will not harm you or your education.
Application forms are available from local authority offices and secondary schools.
You should carry your permit while at work.
It is an offence for anyone to employ a pupil without notifying the local authority.
For application forms and further details contact the ACE team.