Child Employment

A Guide to Child Employment

The hours of work and conditions of child employment are described by the Children and Young Persons Acts 1933, the Children (Protection at Work) Regulations 1998 and Isle of Wight Council Byelaws on the Employment of Children 1998.

These laws are in place to protect the health, safety, well-being and education of children.  It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that children of compulsory school age have a permit, and are working within the regulations.

Anyone breaking the laws and byelaws covering child employment face a fine of up to £1000. It is also important to note that if a child is working without a child employment permit, there is a risk that the employer will not be insured against accidents involving the child.

The Local Authority does carry out visits to local employers to make sure that young people in part-time jobs are safe and working legally.

Specific Hours of Work allowed for children aged 13 to 16 is listed below:

Children aged 13 and 14 years

Term Time:

  • Maximum 12 hours in any 7 day week.
  • Maximum 2 hours on any school day; up to 1 hour before school and up to 1 hour after school as long as employment is not before 7.00am or after 7.00pm OR up to 2 hours after school as long as employment ceases by 7.00pm.
  • Saturday maximum 5 hours (1 hour break required after 4 hours continuous work).
  • Sunday maximum 2 hours (between 7.00am and 7.00pm).


 School Holidays

  • Maximum 25 hours per 7 day week (5 hours in any one day) (Sunday 2 hours only)


Children aged 15 and 16 years

Please note: that you do not need a permit once a child reaches compulsory school age which is the last Friday in June of the school year in which they reach the age of 16.

Term Time

  • Maximum 12 hours in any 7 day week.
  • Maximum 2 hours on ANY school day; up to 1 hour before school and up to 1 hour after school as long as employment is not before 7.00am or after 7.00pm OR up to 2 hours after school as long as employment ceases by 7.00pm.
  • Saturday maximum 8 hours (1 hour break required after 4 hours continuous work).
  • Sunday maximum 2 hours (between 7.00am and 7.00pm).


 School Holidays

  • Maximum 35 hours per 7 day week (8 hours in any one day) (Sunday 2 hours only).

 

Information and guidance for Employers, Parents and Children

Please read our leaflet for more information on the employment of children and young people. Child Employment Leaflet (PDF, 3.87 MB, 2 pages).

  • Additional information for employers can be found by clicking here.
  • Additional information for parents and children can be found by clicking here.

To view a copy of the Isle of Wight Council Byelaws on the Employment of Children 1998 please click the link below: