The youngest age a child can work PART-TIME is 13 with the exception of those working in television, theatre or modelling. In these cases, children will need a performance licence.
Once you reach 16, you can leave school; however you are required to either stay in full time education (eg. college), start and apprenticeship/ traineeship, or work/ volunteer 20+ hours a week whilst receiving part-time education or training. This applies until the age of 18, when you can if you chose, work full-time up to 40 hours a week. In this instance, adult employment rights and rules then apply.
Young workers aged 16 to 17 are entitled to at least £4.35 per hour, however school-aged children (under 16) are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
> 18 to 20 year olds are entitled to £6.15/ hour > 21+ should be paid at least £7.70/ hour > 25+ are entitled to £8.21/ hour and this is the National Living Wage.
If you are an apprentice, your salary differs and the minimum you will be paid at the start of your course is £3.90/ hour but this often increases through the course.
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