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Employing young people & children

A child is generally defined as 13 – 15, a young person 16-17.

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No. You should not employ anybody under 13, and when employing children or young people you must abide by special employment regulations concerning the type of work they can do, the hours they can work and the breaks they must have. Any work should be risk assessed and you may have to lodge your risk assessment with the local authority.

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Children

Young Workers

Sunday working

Max 2 hours

Max 8 hours

Weekly hours

25 hours per week during school holidays if under 15, 35 hours if over 15

40 per week

Maximum daily hours

a)    Term time

Max. 5 hours on Saturday if under 15, 8 hours if over 15. Max. 2 hours pr day Sun- Fri.

b) School holidays

Max. 5 hours per day Mon – Sat if under 15, 8 hours per day if over 15. Max 2 hours on Sunday

8 hours per day max. must have 12 consecutive rest hours per day

Rest breaks

A 1 hour break for each 4 hours worked

30 minutes for each 4.5 hours worked

 

Children

Young Workers

Sunday working

Max. 2 hours

Max. 8 hours

Holiday

Must have 2 consecutive school holiday weeks without employment and at least 5.6 weeks’ holiday per year in total

5.6 weeks per year

Minimum wage

No minimum wage

£5.28 per hour for 16-17 year olds

£7.49 per hour for 18-20 year olds

£10.18 per hour for 21-22 year olds

NB: There is no national minimum wage for persons under 16 years old.
NB2: NMW rates correct from April 23. See our latest Fact Card 
Contact us to discuss your HR requirements or call 01628 820515.

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