Every Parent wants to teach their kids a little about money management and get them into the entrepreneurial spirit. But most of all I think every kid wants to earn some cash to help them get a bit more pocket money.
There are of course a number of hurdles which need to be navigated in order to let children have jobs. The main factor is how old they are, if you are looking for a job for a 14 year old it will be a lot harder than finding work for a 17 year old.
Youth Jobs are available however, all over the place in fact. The majority of them are very casual for example doing some gardening or cleaning cars etc. I highly recommend trying to teach them to earn their own money which isn’t dictated by an employer. That’s what I did and now I run this site!
There are obviously different laws for different countries and states regarding wages and age.
for the UK the rules are below
- No one under 13 can work
- At 13 children can do light work, for example shop work or a paper round
- At 14 children can be employed in a larger range of jobs, but there are restrictions. They can not work in factories or on a building site, for example
- When a child has reached 16 and has left school, they are called young workers, with more rights than other children but not the same as someone 18 or over, who has the same work rights as an adult
- A child may not work more than 12 hours a week during term/school time
- Child employment laws are clearly laid out on the government’s website:Click here
Teenagers aged 16 or 17 who are no longer in school, aka ” Young Workers”, are allowed to work up to 40 hours a week and 8 hours per day. They must have two days a week off . They are also not allowed to work between 10pm0 and 06am with some exceptions.
The basic rules on legal working hours for 13 and 14 year olds’ jobs during the holidays are:
- They can work for up to five hours on a week day or a Saturday
- They can only work up to 25 hours a week during holidays
- They can not work for more than two hours on a Sunday
- They can not work before 07:00 or after 19:00 on any day
For 15 and 16 year olds’ jobs:
- They are allowed to work for up to eight hours, for 35 hours a week
- They can not work for more than two hours on a Sunday
for the US have a look here
Are you looking for a job as a 16 year old. We have many jobs for 16 year olds.
Those views of the apprentice lot making £1,000’s in a couple of days making you jealous?
Whether you are after student summer jobs or perhaps a more permanent job for students, our site should help you out.
Here’s a few ideas to get the piggy bank rolling;
Bar work & hospitality help
There are plenty of bars around and they have a quick turn around of staff so short term placements are very often available.
Apply through catering companies to work at events, horse racing, football matches and more.. Pay may often be minimum wage but don’t forget the tips. Behind a bar you might get to keep the change, working around the bar you might get a little more if you become involved with the customers but the bulls eye is in the hospitality. There is the top of the people in this country on a day out usually having their expenses paid for them, they don’t care splashing out a little.
Often a good job if you’ve only got an hour or so after studying. The upside of this being that it is often in the afternoon and evening which for many can be a good time.
The upside of retail jobs really being the discounts for most. If you can find a flexible employer this is good but be wary of their requirements with regards to days per week working and what happens in the holidays.
A guide to work experience for teenagers and students
Work experience or internships are a vital element to getting into your university of choice and gaining an insight into your future career. Nowadays everybody’s got a bunch of A*’s but it’s the extra curricular activites relevant to your course and a show of interest in the subject that will attract attention.
You should really try to get at least one placement and these jobs can be extremely insightful and full of fun. If you get it right.
The guide below is aimed at people who wish to go to university. If you want to work in a shop or cafe etc. then this may not be necessary and you may wish to just browse our Work experience & internships catagory
- Work at your favourite shop simply because you have to do work experience
- Work for your parents. You will be treated differently and you will not get a genuine insight.
- Be stubborn about only working at large companies, this often results in performing manual tasks such as photocopying & making tea.
- Be overly inclined to stick to manual labour. Sure it’s an easy option but there’s nothing much there to learn.
- Leave it down to your school because they can only do so much and they don’t know you properly.
- Try out a number of different jobs in different areas to see if you actually prefer something else.
- Get involved and speak out. You need to make a mark for yourself and then maybe your employer will write a good report for you.
- Keep a record of what you do.
Many people ask what a good job for them is so we felt that it would be a good idea to post our opinions. The only problem however is that it is very much dependant on the person. But we will do our best to give you inside knowledge that will hopefully give you an idea.
Sounds pretty harmless right? Well it’s allright if you have a heavily sedated child or a work indulged 7 year old but I’m not sure how many of those there are. It can be a fairly good job with good pay for sitting on a sofa watching TV.
TIP: Don’t take jobs where very young children are involved (nappy changing, and bathing a stranger is not pleasant)
Average pay: You should get payed around £5 per hour and it will usually last 4 hours, so £20 but remember that you’re not exactly doing much to earn that!
Working in a restaurant / cafe
Sit in a restaurant and watch the waiters then you’ll get an idea as to what it is like. It is often stressful but if you are a waiter or waitress then so long as you interact with the customers then it shouldn’t be too bad (and you’ll get some pretty chunky tips.) Washing dishes is probably the most dull job but money is money!
TIP: Don’t be rude to the customers and write down their orders. No tips on how to wash dishes just use a bit of fairy liquid 😉
Average pay: Often the restaurants will pay you different prices depending on your age e.g £3.50 for 16 year olds, £4.50 for 17 year olds and £5.50+ if you’re above the age of 18. But don’t let that put you off as there are usually nice tips £5 ish per table and you will serve several tables in a night. Just not if you work behind the scenes.
Promotions / commissions
Not good if you’re lazy but if you are hard working and really want some good pay then promoting is a good option. If you are selling tickets you will often be payed £3+ per ticket and often freebies worth higher value. This means that you only need to sell 10 tickets and you’ve got £30 and maybe another free ticket worth £25 so that’s a fairly easy £55. The basis of being payed on a commission works in favour of both you and the employer. Also you will probably be given the job no matter what. There are companies that have teenage promoters. 14, 15,16 year olds can promote for Capital VIP, 16, 17, 18 year olds can promote for let’s go crazy, under the radar, mashed up etc. and there are countless student promotions. Just contact whoever puts the event on.
TIP: Use facebook to its limits creating groups, events, pages, posting images, status’ and links.
Average pay: roughly 20% although if it is not events promotions it will often be less.
It’s a lot of peoples dreams to be a model, so getting payed to do it isn’t exactly work to many. It is however tiresome (I’m told) long days of lots of work looking beautiful. Teenage models are not desperately sought after but anybody from the age of 16 upwards should be good. there’s a general minimum of 5’8″ although many agency’s require higher. There’s basicly two categories; you’re either a child model or and adult model. You can apply to many of their websites but do be wary as you don’t really have a clue who’s on the other end. Oh and get your parents consent. Students especially fashion students have a good chance.
TIP: Don’t edit the photos you send them as this will lower your chances of being selected as it limits your looks, they look for potential!
Average Pay: The average pay for modelling really varies it could be anywhere from £50, £200 or a couple of thousand but it all depends on who you are working for
If you can’t find a job on our site then you can be assured that it was a lot easier than walking into every shop on the high street. But you haven’t succeeded yet. What next?
Firstly we reccomend that you sign up for email updates, you will receive an email at an interval with all the latest jobs which you can browse through. Use the form below
Secondly from our experience there are no more jobsites which have many jobs for under 25’s so I’m afraid you’re going to have to walk in and out in search of a job. This may be tiresome but ultimately you’ll get the reward. The big mistake not to make is when after you’ve been rejected by 20 shops you go in downhearted and leave a bad impression. Go with a friend!
There are many companies looking to employ 16 year olds and upwards because they can get away with relatively low wages. Your best bet is to try the smaller shops as they have more flexibility with who to employ, often working for them is a nicer environment (so long as you’re not on your own)
Graduates who take gap years earn higher starting salaries when they begin their careers, a study revealed yesterday.
Researchers found the confidence and independence gained from working or holidaying abroad enables them to command salaries of around #1,000-a-year more than those who choose not to go away.
The study also found gap year graduates are more likely to find happiness in their careers, having had time to plan their future fully and properly.
It also emerged three quarters of employers are more likely to employ people who have experienced different countries and cultures.
The statistics emerged from a study of 3,000 people by Gapforce, one of the UK’s leading gap year companies.
Founder Marcus Watts said: ”Many people benefit from taking a gap year to travel the world.
”With a structured programme which may incorporate training, working or volunteering overseas, travellers are able to gain valuable experience which will help in later life.
”It helps young people mature which means they return to university more focussed towards study.
”The type of opportunities open to young people in their years out is amazing and they are able to realise so many lifelong dreams.
”Overseas travel provides young people with a real sense of fulfilment and inspires so many to go on and achieve their career goals.”
The study also revealed the average employee who graduated from university in the past 10 years earns #25,132 a year.
But those who travelled overseas before starting their degree can expect to start on a basic salary of #26,300 – well over #1,000 more.
It also emerged 80 per cent of people who took gap years now ‘thoroughly enjoy’ their chosen career compared to 33 per cent of those who didn’t get the chance to travel.
And further stats showed 67 per cent of people said they would be more likely to employ someone who had taken a gap year as opposed to someone who hadn’t.
The study also looked into attitudes towards gap years among those who have taken them and those who haven’t.
A quarter of those surveyed said they thought a university would be more likely to select a student who had taken a gap year during the application process.
And a staggering 87 per cent of people who took gap years believe they have done better than friends who failed to go travelling.
It also emerged a third of young people surveyed believe they were not emotionally ready to start university when they left college or sixth form.
Marcus Watts added: ”These findings show how you can advance your career by taking some time out and travelling. With a structured itinerary, you can really bolster your CV.
”Employers value someone who can speak languages or has worked overseas before. Voluntary work looks great on a CV too.
”In the UK you start full-time education at the age of four and many don’t leave until they are an adult at 18.
”Therefore visiting other countries and experiencing different cultures during your gap year can reshape your whole outlook on life.”
Incredibly, the research also found two thirds of travellers said the things they learnt on a gap year were more valuable to them than the knowledge they gained at university.