Child Employment



Also known as: Employment Licence, Employment under the age of 16, Thompson House, Work Permits


Service Description: Some children over the age of 13 may take the opportunity to work part-time or during school holidays in a paid or unpaid capacity.

By law, no child under 13 years may be employed. Children employed from the age of 13 to 16 (compulsory school age) must have a work permit. Compulsory school age is determined as the last Friday in June of the school year in which a child reaches the age of 16.

The work permits are issued by the Local Authority, free of charge and it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that children of compulsory school age have a permit, and are working within the regulations.

The Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and the Isle of Wight Council Byelaws 1998 regulate the types of work young people are permitted to do and also the number of hours they are allowed to work.

For information and guidance about the rules and restrictions on children in employment please click the tabs above.

For all queries relating to child employment please use the ‘Contact’ tab above to call or send us a message.