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"At what age can I... Go to Work?!" ๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“…

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 ยฃ4.35 per hour, however school-aged children (under 16) are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.


> 18 to 20 year olds are entitled to ยฃ6.15/ hour > 21+ should be paid at least ยฃ7.70/ hour > 25+ are entitled to ยฃ8.21/ 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 ยฃ3.90/ hour but this often increases through the course.


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