There are rules around how, when and where you can work at 16 years old. Here are some of the key things you need to know.
You can work a maximum of 12 hours a week during school term-time. 16 year olds can:
- work a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays
- work a maximum of 8 hours on Saturdays.
School holiday rules:
You can work a maximum of 35 hours a week. 16 year olds can:
- work a maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
- work a maximum of 2 hours on Sundays.
Once you’re 16 you should be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, which currently stands at £4.62 per hour (2021).
Type of work:
There are some rules in place as to the kind of work you’re allowed to do. For example, you’re not allowed to work in betting shops or in roles that could be detrimental to your health, education or well-being. Find out more on the government website. Or contact your local council’s education department or education welfare service.
Information correct as at June 2021.