Child work permit

Information for parents and employers on child employment and how to apply for a child work permit.

1 Overview

Children must be 13 years old before they can work part-time. The employer is required to apply for a work permit within 7 days of employing the child. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £1,000.

Information on what hours a child can work can be found in the application form under 'Apply for a work permit'.

Additional information

2 When is a permit required

Some examples of the part time jobs that children can complete are:

  • agricultural or horticultural work
  • newspaper delivery round
  • shop work (including shelf stacking)
  • working in a hairdressing salon
  • office work
  • working at a riding stables
  • domestic work in hotels and other buildings offering accommodation
  • café work such as waiting tables. 

Babysitting for friends and neighbours is not classed as employment.

If your child is 16 and has received their National Insurance number they will still need a permit until the last Friday of June, which is the school leaving date.

3 Apply for a work permit

Complete the application form and send back to the address on the form.

Work Permit Application Form (Word, 79KB)

4 Help and advice

Last updated:
13 August 2018

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