For some, the grind starts early. Whether it’s to feel more independent with income, help your family, or to make the decision between university or work before you’re forced to choose in your last year of school – whatever the reason, we’re here to help you understand your rights as a young worker and get your career started on the right page!
Know Your Rights
In the UK, children are able to take on part-time work from the age of 13.
During term-time you’re able to work a maximum of 12 hours a week and must have at least 2 weeks off work during school holidays. During the school holidays, you can work up to 25 hours a week.
If you’re 13 or 14, you are not allowed to work during school hours, before 7am or after 7pm, 4 consecutive hours without a break, and you can’t work longer than an hour before your school day starts.
Though you’re not able to work in factories, industrial sites, pubs or anywhere that can negatively affect your health and wellbeing and education, there are still plenty of roles you can get into:
- Dog walking or cat sitting
- Car washing
- Sports coaching
- Website design
- Delivering the papers
For 14 and under, there is no minimum wage, and it will depend on the work you do and the earning needs that are agreed between yourself and your employer.
Similar hours to the points above during term-time, however on holidays you’re able to work up to 35 hours a week.
You can consider roles above, or also look at waitressing or being a kitchen porter!
16 and 17-Year-Olds
Your term time hours are the same, as your education is still a priority, however, during school holidays you’re able to work 40 hours a week and are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, though the amount is dependent on your age. This is a great opportunity to look at the above roles, and even more, so you’ll get a chance to get your foot in the door and experience the working world.
Starting Your Career
It’s tough to start; we all know the cycle of needing experience to get a job, but need a job to get the experience, so we suggest you try to volunteer if you can. If not, get started on your cover letter, and get help with your CV (view our CV Builder here).
These things take practice and time. Don’t worry if you don’t get the first role you apply to, and remember every interview is an achievement regardless of outcome!