Understandably, there are restrictions on how, when and where you can work at sixteen. Here are the key things to know.
During term time at 16, you can work a maximum of 12 hours a week. This includes:
- a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays.
- a maximum of 8 hours on Saturdays.
School holiday rules:
16-year-olds can 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 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:
You’re not allowed to work in betting shops, in most roles in pubs or in an environment that could be bad for your education or well-being. Contact your local council’s education department or education welfare service if you want to find out more.
You can find out more about the rules on GOV.UK.
Information correct as of June 2021.