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What hours can I work?

During term time – a total of 12 hours each week

Term time weekdays you can work:

  • up to a total of 2 hours on a school day
  • usually no more than 1 hour before school starts
  • you must not start before 7 am, and you must not work after 7pm, and never during school hours in term time
  • During term time weekends you can work:
    if you are 13 or 14 for 5 hours on Saturdays and 2 hours on Sundays; if you are 15 or 16 (and under school leaving age) for 8 hours on Saturdays and 2 hours on Sundays.

These are part of your total 12 hours permitted maximum per week.

During holidays:

  • if you are 13 or 14 you can work a total of 25 hours per week, up to 5 hours on a weekday, up to 5 hours on Saturday and up to 2 hours on Sunday.
  • if you are 15 or 16 (and under school leaving age) you can work a total of 35 hours per week, up to 8 hours Monday – Saturday, and up to 2 hours on a Sunday.