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No child under the age of 13 can work

Children are not allowed to work before 7am or after 7pm whether they are paid or unpaid.

Children of compulsory school age are not allowed to work during school time unless it is work experience arranged by the school.

Age 13 & 14:

  • School days - not more than 2 hours outside of school hours
  • Saturdays - 5 hours
  • Sundays - 2 hours
  • School holidays - 5 hours a day to a maximum of 25 hours a week

Age 15 & 16:

  • School days - not more than 2 hours outside of school hours

  • Saturdays - 8 hours

  • Sundays - 2 hours

  • School holidays - 8 hours a day to a maximum of 35 hours a week

Please note:

  • Employers must provide suitable and set times for rest.

  • Children are not allowed to work for more than 4 hours without a 1 hour break.

  • There must be at least 2 weeks, taken together, when the child must not work.

  • Children can only work twelve hours maximum in any school week.