Key Employment Law Data

Restrictions on employing children

A child is a person who has not yet attained minimum school leaving age, which in England and Wales is the last Friday in June of the school year in which their 16th birthday occurs (or if they will be 16 by the end of the summer holidays) and for the purposes of the rules relating to the employment of children, this is the age which applies. However, in England (the law is different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) there’s a requirement for the individual to then continue with some form of education or training until they are 18. Education or training includes full-time education (such as at college), work-based learning (such as an apprenticeship or traineeship) and part-time education or training whilst being employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week - see