Licence Directory - Children's Work Permits

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Children's Work Permits

If a young person is:

  • aged 13 or over
  • of compulsory school age
  • and in employment (paid or unpaid), they must have a work permit (even if they are working for their parents). 

Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to work. Important things to remember:

  • Your child's employer is responsible for his/her health, safety and welfare when he/she is at work and must offer protective clothing where needed.
  • The employer must also look at any risks which may affect your child in their job. Permitted hours of work
  • Your child must not work before 7am or after 7pm.
  • Your child can only work out of school hours which may include 1 hour before school.
  • Your child is not allowed to work more than 12 hours a week during term time. 

13-14 years

  • On school days they can work for up to 2 hours.
  • On Saturdays they can work for up to 5 hours.
  • On Sundays they can work up to 2 hours.
  • During School holidays they can work up to 5 hours a day.
  • The maximum hours they can work in any week is 25 hours.

15-16 years

  • On school days they can work for up to 2 hours.
  • On Saturdays they can work for up to 8 hours.
  • On Sundays they can work up to 2 hours.
  • During School holidays they can work up to 8 hours a day.
  • The maximum hours they can work in any week is 35 hours.

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