What are the rules when paying a child worker?

Coaches and administrators should be aware that there are strict rules covering the payment of children for work within your business/programme.

What are the rules when paying a child worker?

Coaches and administrators should be aware that there are strict rules covering the payment of children for work within your business/programme.

Children under the Mandatory School Leaving Age (MLSA) can only work a certain number of hours per week and must be at least 13 years old.

You must inform the education department of your local council that you are employing a school-aged child and they will inform you if the child working for you requires an employment permit (they almost certainly will do).

You must ensure that the hours worked by the child do not exceed the statutory limits including (as of 1st October 2013):

  • No work before 7am and after 7pm
  • No work during school hours
  • A maximum of 12 hours per week during term time (maximum of two hours on school days and Sundays; maximum of five hours on Saturday for 13 and 14 year old, or eight hours for 15 or 16 year old)
  • A maximum of 25 hours per week during school holidays for 13 to 14 year olds (maximum of five hours on weekdays and Saturdays; maximum of two hours on Sundays)
  • A maximum of 35 hours per week during school holidays for 15 to 16 year olds (maximum of eight hours on weekdays and Saturdays; maximum of two hours on Sundays)

You should note that local bye-laws may further restrict the hours children can work for you and you must ensure you are aware of all of the restrictions and rules applicable when paying school-aged children.

You should comply with the usual PAYE procedures, such as completing a P46 for each child working for you.   School-aged children are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

 

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