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Children's work permit

Any child age 13-16 undertaking a part time job must be issued with a work permit.

Licence summary

If you are an employer it is your responsibility to notify the Local Authority that you have employed a school age child and if satisfied with the arrangements a work permit will be issued, failure to do so could result in legal proceedings.

Working times

Children may work during term time for:

  • a maximum of two hours on school days
  • a maximum of two hours on Sundays
  • a maximum of five hours (13 to 14 year olds) or eight hours (15 to 16 year olds) on Saturdays
  • a maximum of 12 hours per week

During school holidays:

  • a maximum of five hours (13 to 14 year olds) or eight hours (15 to 16 year olds) on a week day, subject to a maximum weekly limit of 25 hours (13 to 14 year olds) or 35 hours (15 to 16 year olds)

Note: A child must have a two week break from any employment in one year.

Children may not work:

  • for more than one hour before school
  • during school hours
  • before 7am or after 7pm
  • for more than four hours with a break of more than hour
  • without a work permit issued by the Local Authority
  • in any industrial setting eg factory 

Jobs children can do:

  • agricultural or horticultural work (subject to byelaws)
  • delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed materials
  • shop work including shelf stacking
  • hairdressing salons
  • car washing by hand in a private residential area
  • work in a café or restaurant
  • domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation
  • work in a riding stables (a child under 16 cannot supervise riding or be left in charge of the stables)

Jobs children cannot do:

  • work in a pub
  • work in a betting shop
  • personal care in a residential or nursing home
  • work in a fairground or arcade
  • milk delivery
  • any other occupation that may be harmful to the child's health, well being or education.

Both employers and parents are responsible for ensuring that each child:

  • does not exceed the permitted number of working hours
  • is in a good state of health for the work they are undertaking
  • is dressed appropriately to undertake the work they are permitted to do
  • undertakes only the tasks as stated in their work permit

How to apply

Once the application form [129kb] has been completed by the employer, parent and head teacher you can post or email it to our Application Processing team.

Please allow ten working days for your application to be processed.

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