Congratulations, you are ready for the world of work! Grab your NI number and get your CV ready. As a resident of the UK, just before your 16th birthday, you are automatically sent a National Insurance (NI) number. This number will never change and more importantly, it is the number you give to employers when you apply for a job. Now you are 16, you have successfully reached the eligible age for a wide range of vacancies and can work at the minimum wage.
How much will I earn at 16 years old?
So, at the age of 16, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. The rate for under 18s is at £4.20 per hour, as of 1st April 2018. For apprentices the rate is slightly lower at £3.70. The rate you will be paid will vary depending on the sector and role you decide to work in, e.g. if you take on a waitressing or bartending role you may receive tips which will give a nice boost to your base salary. Also, if you are working in sales, you may receive commission on top of your normal rate.
What kind of jobs can I do?
Well, as a 16 year old, the world is your oyster. At this age you are eligible for all the same jobs as before, plus more. If you are interested in hospitality, you could try your hand at working in a restaurant, hotel or cafe. Having waitressing experience and the ability to work front of house demonstrate to employers how great your communication and people skills are.
You could also try out working in a retail shop. With the great discounts, friendly people and good rate of pay, this could be a beneficial option. As well as trying your favourite high street shops, don’t forget to apply to the boutique locations in your local town. Walking in with your printed CV and smart clothing could be just what you need to land a part time job there!
Are there any rules to working as a 16 year old?
Yes, there are still several legalities to follow when working as a 16 year old. At this age, you should not be working more than 2 hours on school days and Sundays. There is also a restriction to your Saturday job - at 16 years old you should work no more than 8 hours on a Saturday, even in a school holiday.
There are also a few restrictions on where you are allowed to work at 16 years old. It is prohibited to take a job in most pubs and betting shops. If you are unsure of the exact rules, we would recommend you to check your local bylaws to find out more.
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