Child Employment

What hours can a child work?

At 13 and 14 years of age

On schooldays this age group can work no more than a total of 2 hours in one day during the following periods:

  • In the morning between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • In the evening between close of school and 7 p.m.
  • No child of any age may work more than 12 hours per week during term time.
  • On Saturdays this age group can work 5 hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • On Sundays this age group can only work for 2 hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • School Holidays this age group can work 5 hours a day on any weekday (except Sunday) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Totals worked each week MUST NOT EXCEED 25 HOURS and must include at least 2 consecutive weeks without employment per year.

At 15 and 16 years of age

On schooldays this age group can work no more than a total of 2 hours in one day during the following periods:

  • In the morning between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • In the evening between close of school and 7 p.m.
  • No child of any age may work more than 12 hours per week during term time.
  • On Saturdays this age group can work 8 hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • On Sundays this age group can only work for 2 hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • School Holidays this age group can work 8 hours a day on any weekday (except Sunday) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Totals worked each week MUST NOT EXCEED 35 HOURS and must include at least 2 consecutive weeks without employment per year.

No child of any age may work more than 4 hours in any day without a rest break of 1 hour.

The employment of young people is regulated by:

Children & Young Person Act 1933 & 1963, the Children (protection at Work) Regulations 1988 and Bath & North East Somerset Bye-laws on the Employment of Children 1998.

Failure to comply with the legislation can lead to an employer being prosecuted and on conviction be fined up to £1000.