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Birmingham City Council

Child Employment

This page is known as: www.birmingham.gov.uk/child-employment



A child of school age is not allowed to work more than 12 hours per week during term time.

Work Permits
School pupils involved in employment and entertainment need to have a Work Permit issued to them before they can work. The Education Welfare Service has a Child Employment Registration and an Entertainment Licensing team.

If you are a school pupil, the information on this page is for you. It should answer most of the questions you have about doing a part-time job.

How old must I be to work part time?
13 years old.

What do I need when I start work?
Your employer must register you with the Local Authority.

How much should I get paid?
Your rate of pay is set by your employer. You may want to talk to another adult to ask what they think is a fair wage.

Ive received a national insurance card, when can I start work full time?
Sample National Insurance number: NW/65/67/74/S

You can only start full time work after you have officially left school which is the last Friday in June of your final year.

Can I be stopped from working?
Yes:

  • if your school attendance suffers
  • if you are continually late for school
  • if your school work suffers
  • if your health suffers

What times am I allowed to work?
You can work after 7 o'clock in the morning and before 7 o'clock in the evening.

More information about employment while still attending school is given on the DirectGov web site.



More information can be obtained from the Child Employment & Licensing Section:

email: Child Employment and Licensing Section

Tel: 0121 303 8900

If you need to see a member of the team a prior appointment is necessary.