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  Children at work: know your rights
Updated 15 November 2001, 19.39
How many hours should you be working?
The law states that to work in the UK you have to be aged at least 14.

However, many local authorities have the power to "licence" young people to work from 13 and this might include doing a paper round.

Although this is the case, there are many restrictions on the kinds of jobs you can do, so check with your local authority.

Here are the main things to remember:

  • You are not allowed to work before 7am or after 7pm
  • 14-16 year olds are allowed to do a maximum of two hours work on school days and on Sundays
  • 14 year olds are allowed to work a maximum of five hours a day on Saturdays and in holidays
  • 15 years olds can work up to eight hours a day on Saturdays and in holidays.
  • You have to have a break of one hour after four hours are worked
  • Most local authorities operate a permit system and if so it is your employer's responsibility to get you a permit to work
  • There is no minimum wage for young workers



 
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