Child employment rules
Rules for employers
All employers have to follow national child employment rules, which protect children's rights.
In Brighton & Hove employers also have to follow Local employment laws (PDF 49KB).
Employers need to apply for permission to employ a child if they want to employ a child of school age.
School age lasts until the last Friday in June of the school year in which the child becomes 16 years old.
Work children can do
A child who is between 13 and 16 years old can:
- deliver newspapers and leaflets
- work in a shop, including stacking shelves
- work in an office
- do hairdressing
- work in a café or restaurant, but not in the kitchen
- work in hotels and other places offering accommodation
When children can work
Children need to be at least 13 years old to work part-time, unless they work in TV, film, theatre or modelling.
Children can't work for more than 4 hours without a break.
Maximum hours children can work are listed below.
|Age 13 to 14||Age 15 to 16|
|School days||2 hours||2 hours|
|Saturdays||5 hours||8 hours|
|Sundays||2 hours||2 hours|
|Term time||12 hours per week||12 hours per week|
|School holidays||5 hours per day
25 hours per week
|8 hours per day
35 hours per week
Get more information about child employment and working hours for children on the GOV.UK website.