Summer Job

BankYou need money for everything – movies, concerts, food, surf lessons. So if you want to do more than lay on the couch this summer, you’re gonna need some cash. Since you’re too young to play the lottery, why not find yourself a summer job?

Every year, millions of teens work in part-time or summer jobs. Early work experiences can be rewarding for young workers, providing great opportunities to learn important skills. However, the jobs that teens are hired to do should not jeopardize their health or well-being.

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

  • television
  • theatre
  • modelling

Children can only start full-time work after the last Friday in June of the academic year when they turn 16. This is the minimum school leaving age.

After a child has reached the minimum school leaving age they can 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 £3.68/hr.

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

Types of light work that 13 year olds may carry out:

  • agricultural or horticultural work
  • delivery of printed matter eg newspapers
  • shop work, including shelf stacking
  • work in hairdressing salons
  • office work
  • car washing by hand in a residential setting
  • work in a cafe or restaurant
  • work in riding stables
  • domestic work in hotels and the like