Child employment

Frequently asked questions

How old do you have to be to work?

The minimum age for employment is 13 years old.

What is classed as employment?

Any form of work paid or unpaid for a company, organisation or family member.

Do I need a work permit if I work for my parents?

Yes.

Is there a minimum wage for young people under the age of 16?

There is no set minimum wage for young people of compulsory school age.

What is statutory school leaving age?

The school leaving date is the last Friday in June of the academic year that you turn 16.

Who do I contact if I have a complaint or concerns about an employer?

If you have a complaint or concerns about an employer please contact the Attendance & Prosecution Service on 0121 569 8147.

Who do I contact if I have a concern about the welfare of a child?

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us on 0121 569 8147 for further information.