Children aged 15 to 16 years

Types of Employment

Children aged 15 years and above can do light work in any of the areas listed below as well as light work in other jobs provided they are not on the prohibited list.

  • agricultural or horticultural work.
  • delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed material and collecting payment for same, subject to the provisions of byelaw 3(I).
  • shop work, including shelf stacking.
  • hairdressing salons.
  • office work.
  • car washing by hand in a private residential setting.
  • in a café or restaurant, though not in the kitchen.
  • in riding stables.
  • domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation.

Please see our Byelaws here for a full definition of ‘Light work’. 

Hours they may work:

Term time

School days - no more than 2 hours per day, either one hour before the school day and one hour after, or 2 hours after school

Saturdays - 8 hours per day

Sundays - 2 hours per day

School holidays

Weekdays and Saturdays - Up to 8 hours per day

Sundays - 2 hours per day


  • children can only work between the hours of 7am and 7pm, even in school holidays.
  • children must not work more than 12 hours per week in term time and 25 hours per week in school holidays.
  • children should be given a 1 hour break every 4 hours.
  • children should have at least 2 consecutive weeks off, during school holidays.

Apply for a Child Employment Licence

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