Child employment permits

Children of compulsory school age can work from the age of 13. Compulsory school age is until the last Friday in June during the school year of their 16th birthday. They must have a work permit provided by us, where the employment is taking place, even if it is a family business.

Young people are considered to be employed whether or not they receive payment. However, they cannot work before 7am or after 7pm. There is no minimum wage for under 16s, but as of April 2017, young people aged 16 to 17 have a minimum wage of £4.05 per hour.

A separate application should be submitted for each job. Applications contain:

The license can be taken away if the child’s health, attendance, or school work is affected by their job.

The employer will be sent an employment permit to be kept on record and presented in the event of an inspection. Employers should be aware that:

It is a criminal offence to employ a child of compulsory school age without an employment permit, to employ a child under the age of 13, or to breach any regulations regarding the employment of children. We will take legal action against anyone committing such offences.

For more information see:

Apply for a permit (PDF, 238.62 KB)

Licence applications should be emailed to

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