Working under 16
Can I work?
You may be able to work part-time but there are laws about how old you need to be, when you can work and what kind of work you can do. These laws are to ensure that your education does not suffer and that you are safe.
If you get a part-time job your employer needs to apply to the local council for an employment permit for you.
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Workers under 16:
- Don’t have to pay national insurance contributions and don't have to pay tax unless you earn over a certain amount known as the Personal Allowance.
- Aren't entitled to the National Minimum Wage. You may get a low rate of pay - check with your employer before you start.
- Don’t get Statutory Sick Pay. You may not get paid if you are ill.
- Do have the right to paid holiday in the same way as other workers.