Information correct from May 2021
Are you looking for jobs for 17-year-olds? Then you have come to the right place. At the age of 17, you're in a funny in-between space of being a child and being officially an adult. Isn't it weird!? You're now allowed to drive but can't vote. You also can't leave school till you're 18, but you're allowed to have sex and start a family. You are allowed to work, but you are not entitled to employment rights. What a weird time to be alive! Make sure you read all of the following, so you understand all the rules and regulations and what rights you do have before starting any new job. Have you considered being an apprentice? You can also learn and earn doing an apprenticeship. Check out apprenticeships near you.
Employment Law For 17-Year-Olds
The employment law for 17-year-olds is kindy tricky. But we will try and make it easier for you to understand. By law, you can start working from the age of 13, but you must stay in school or education till you're 18. Because you're 17, you can leave school! However, you must be in part-time education or training for another year. By law, you cannot work during educational hours, so looking for a part-time job is a good option for you.
At the age of 17 you are also limited to the kid of workplaces you can work;
- You cannot work in a pub or betting shops, or any place which requires an age limit of 18 or higher.
- You cannot work in a place that may be harmful to your health, well-being or negatively affect your studies.
Make sure to check with your local council and ask after what bylaws there are in your area about child workers. In some areas, you may be allowed to work for longer, and before school. You need to contact the education department or the education welfare department in case you need a permit.
How Many Hours Can A 17-Year-Old Work?
Now that you're 17, you can work a full-time job of 40 hours week. However, this isn't recommended because you still have educational commitments. In reality, you should be able to work a maximum of 35 hours a week during school holidays. How many hours can a 17-year-old work are as follows:
During term time, you can work a maximum of 12 hours a week. Your hours are divided into a maximum of 2 hours during weekdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, you can work a maximum of 8 hours.
During the school break, you can work a maximum of 35 hours a week. Your hours are divided into 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays. You can only work a maximum of 2 hours on a Sunday.
However, you can be asked to work longer on Sundays and Saturdays, and you can accept it, but only if your boss has asked someone who is over the age of 18 first and they cannot do it. You must be paid for your overtime - or allowed to take time off on another day.
Pay Rate For A 17-Year-Old
The pay rate for a 17-year-old will vary from job to job. However, you must be paid the minimum wage for your age bracket, if you're not paid the minimum wage, then your boss is breaking the law! The current minimum wage for a 17-year-old is £4.55 an hour. You will also be paid through the PAYE (pay as you earn) system, as you will be expected to start paying income tax. We told you! You're in a weird age where you're still a child, but the law thinks you're not, but also thinks that you are. So yeah, you're going to pay taxes.
Part-Time Jobs For 17-Year-Olds
Have you ever Googled, "part-time jobs for 17-year-olds near me?" We on StudentJob specialise in these things! We have lots of part-time jobs for 17-year-olds. As mentioned, we recommend a part-time job instead of a full-time job because you're expected to keep studying or training. You also don't want to suffer from burnout. Part-time jobs for 17-year-olds cover areas like a shop assistant, a cashier job or even dog walking! You never know what position you will find. Having some extra cash will certainly help, especially if you're saving up for a car. Also, experience in your CV will be great for prospects. Because part-time jobs for your age bracket is super popular, make sure you register with us and set up email alerts, so you can be alerted as soon as a job is posted on the website.
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Weekend Jobs For 17-Year-Olds
Maybe a weekend job for 17-year-olds is best. You could be working in small or large businesses, helping to cover shifts or you could find yourself assisting an older person in their home. The world is your oyster. As long as you're not working at a pub, you can pretty much work anywhere. Make sure to register with us, so you don't miss the opportunity to find that perfect weekend job for 17-year-olds.
We at StudentJob wish you luck with your studies and on your job hunt!