It’s difficult in the early years of your working life to know ‘what’s normal’ when it comes to the working day. Or, if on a job application form you get asked, ‘how much you’d expect to be paid?’ how much is enough?. This post aims to give a little bit of help for young workers.
There are certain things that should be in place no matter what – legal requirements that every employer is supposed to meet. We have a couple of documents you can download giving you the basics. There is one with rights for workers under 18 and one for those over 18. Feel free to download and share as much as you like.
It gives an idea about what hours you can work at ages 14 – 18, your breaks, days off etc, as well as pay rates.
There are different minimum wage rates for under 18’s, or if you are 18 but in your first or second year of employment.