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Part-time paid work for under 16s

Part-time paid work experience provides young people with an introduction to the skills and disciplines of working life; it can be a valuable addition to the work-related learning done at school or college.

What are the benefits of young people doing part-time / weekend / holiday work?

  • develop employability skills
  • earn money
  • meet new people
  • build confidence
  • understand a career industry

What types of employers will employ students? 

  • shops
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • hotels / guest houses
  • cinema
  • fulfilment (warehouse work)

At what age can young people get a part-time job?

Young people can be employed in some industries from the age of 14, however restrictions do apply about how many hours they are permitted to work.

How many hours can young people legally work?

A law that defines how many hours and where you can work if you are aged 14 - 15 years came into force on 1 October 2011 (known as the Children (Regulation of Employment) (Jersey) Order 2011). The full law can be downloaded below, however the key points are that under 16s cannot:

  • be employed during school hours, before 6am or after 8.15pm
  • work on more than 6 days in a week
  • work for more than 2 hours on any school day
  • work for more than 12 hours in a school week

Separate rules apply outside of the school term for 14 and 15 year olds. See the law for full details.  

Children (Regulation of Employment) (Jersey) Order 2011

How can my son / daughter find a part-time paid job?

They should start by preparing a CV and covering letter. If they need help they can make an appointment with their school careers teacher or an adviser from Skills Jersey.

Preparing a CV

They can then either visit potential employers in person and hand in copies of their CV and covering letter, or send them by post or email.

If they are visiting potential employers, it is important that they remember to:

  • dress smartly; first impressions count
  • take copies of their CV and covering letter (kept in an A4 folder to avoid folding or damaging)
  • ask to speak to the manager, introduce themself and explain what sort of work they are looking for
  • if they are told that there are no vacancies at the moment, ask if the employer will keep their CV on file in case opportunities arise in the future
  • thank the employer for their time

How much will they get paid?

This will vary between employers. There is no minimum wage for under 16s.

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