If you’re looking for jobs for 15-year-olds, you have come to the right place! Being 15 and still at school, having a job is a great way to get some extra cash, but also for some work experience. In the eyes of the law, you’re still a child, and you must remain in school till the age of 18. You can work, but because of your age, there are strict rules and regulations. However, we have plenty of jobs for 15-year-olds, right here. But do read on - you should know your rights before you start any new job!
How Many Hours Can A 15-Year-Old Work?
How many hours can a 15-year-old work is surprisingly flexible. However, because you must remain in school while you’re working, there are some rules you and your employer must appreciate and follow.
During term time, you can only work a maximum of 12 hours a week. You can work a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays. On Saturdays, you can work for a maximum of 8 hours. However, you are not allowed to work before 7 am and after 7 pm, and you cannot work during school hours, sorry!
During the school holidays, you can work a maximum of 35 hours a week. This is divided into 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays. You are only allowed to work a maximum of 2 hours on Sundays.
As a 15-year-old, you must have at least 1 hour break for every 4 hours worked. You also have to take a 2-week break from school and working once a year.
15-Year-Old Working Laws
15-year-old working laws means you’re limited to what types of jobs you can do. However, you should contact your local council and see what job restrictions there are - as some councils will allow you to work in a place that may otherwise be illegal. Check what your local bylaws says before starting any new job, just in case.
Legally, you are not allowed to work in these areas:
- Workplaces like a factory or an industrial estate.
- You cannot work in places like pubs and betting shops, or other workplaces that require at least the age of 18 to work there.
- You cannot work in a place that may be harmful to your health or well-being.
- You cannot work for more than 1 hour before school.
Remember to check with your local council before starting any new job - as some local bylaws will allow you to work for 1 hour before school. You do this contacting your local education department or education welfare service. You should also be aware that, because you’re still a child, you are not entitled to employment rights.
Pay Rate For A 15-Year-Old
The pay rate for a 15-year-old will vary from job to job. However, you are legally obliged to at least the minimum wage for your age group. The current minimum wage for a 15 -year-old is £4.35 an hour. If you start a job and you’re paid less than this an hour, your boss is breaking the law! Make sure the salary is at least £4.35 an hour before signing any new contract, and make sure you’re getting the correct amount per hour if you’re getting cash in hand.
What Jobs Can A 15 Year Old Do?
As long as you and your boss isn’t breaking the law, you can pretty much work anywhere! A lot of small and large businesses need staff to cover Saturday shifts, need young fit people to deliver pizzas on their bikes, and help out with a paper round. Why don’t you create yourself a CV and start applying for jobs? You never know what you may get. Use our free CV maker tool to create a fantastic CV.
Saturday Jobs For 15-Year-Olds
Because you’re still in school, its a great idea to have a Saturday job, not only will you be getting some extra cash, but you’re also adding to your work experience. Check out our Saturday jobs for 15-year-olds and see what jobs you can find in your local area. Saturday jobs can range from working in a hairdresser to working at a local animal shelter - it all depends on what you want to do!
Babysitting Jobs For 15-Year-Olds
One of the most popular jobs for 15-year-olds is babysitting! Families need extra help in the evenings and want someone to take care of the kids when they go out on a Saturday. As long as you don’t work more than 2 hours on a Sunday, a babysitter job is a great idea for some extra cash while you’re still in school. Have a look at our available babysitting jobs or home care jobs and see what you can find in your local area.
We wish you the best of luck with school and on your job search! Don’t forget you can register with us and set up email alerts in case you can’t find the perfect job, just yet.