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15 Saturday Job Ideas

If you're struggling to think of what you might want to do, we've put together a list
of perfect Saturday jobs for 16 year olds:

  1. Babysitting
  2. Dog walking or cat feeding
  3. Making something to sell
  4. Tutor younger students
  5. Write a blog
  6. Theme parks
  7. Working in a cafe, bar or restaurant
  8. Deliver newspapers
  9. Stable-hand or horse groom
  10. Gardening
  11. Hair salon junior
  12. Washing cars
  13. Office work
  14. Handing out flyers
  15. Web design

Full article can be downloaded at the end of this page.

Employment Law for pupils.

Please do not let your child be exploited by letting them work illegally.

Any child of statutory school age must have an Employment Permit issued by the council in which they are working. Without this your child will be working illegally (this can incur a court appearance and a fine of £1000 for the employer) and your child will not be covered by insurance causing concern for their safety.

Between the ages of 13 and 16, children cannot work unless they have an Employment Permit.  It is illegal for businesses to employ children without a permit, this includes employing their own child.

Who needs to apply for a work permit?

The employer should apply to the borough in which the child will be working. A permit is for a specific job and cannot be transferred.

What type of work is allowed?

13 to 16 year olds can do light work in the following areas:

  • agricultural or horticultural work
  • delivery of newspapers/printed material
  • shop work
  • hairdressing salons
  • office work
  • private car washing by hand
  • café or restaurant – but not in the kitchen
  • domestic work – e.g. in a hotel

No child of any age can be employed in the following areas:

  • cinemas or night clubs
  • commercial kitchens
  • collecting or sorting rubbish, rags or scrap metal
  • any work more than three metres above the ground/floor level
  • telephone sales
  • fairgrounds or amusement arcades, as an attendant or assistant
  • industrial undertakings 
  • ‘Industrial undertakings’ includes: mines and quarries, any manufacturing, construction or repair of buildings, roads etc and transport of passengers or goods, including handling goods in a warehouse.
  • The government has also placed other restrictions on the kind of work that children can do – including health and safety, alcohol licensing and gambling laws. The London Borough of Sutton also has Byelaws regarding what work children are permitted to undertake.

Hours children are permitted to work

No child may start work before 7am or work after 7pm on any day.

Monday to Friday - on a day a child expected to receive education, a child may only work for 2 hours 

Saturdays and holidays -children under 15 can work 5 hours a day (maximum 25 hours a week)

children over 15 can work 8 hours a day (maximum 25 hours a week)

Sundays - any child can work a maximum of 2 hours 

If you have a query please contact Mrs Martin via email