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

More information

Get more information about child employment and working hours for children on the GOV.UK website.