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 is the last Friday in June of the school year in which their 16th birthday occurs 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‚Äôs a new requirement to continue with some form of education or training. Pupils must stay in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday if they were born on or after 1 September 1997. Education or training includes full-time education, 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