1. Minimum ages children can work

Part-time work

The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13, except children involved in areas like:

  • television
  • theatre
  • modelling

Children working in these areas will need a performance licence.

Full-time work

Children can only start full-time work once they’ve reached the minimum school leaving age - they can then work up to a maximum of 40 hours a week.

School-aged children are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Young workers aged 16 to 17 are entitled to at least £3.72 per hour.

Once someone reaches 18, adult employment rights and rules then apply.

From the summer of 2013, a young person must do some part-time education or training until they’re 17.

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