Popular Jobs for Teens in the UK I On-Site and Online Ideas

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18-year-old teens have a wide range of job opportunities, and the reason for this is quite simple. They are able to enter into a legally binding contract and start working part-time or full-time anywhere they want. Others, younger than 18, first need to figure out what laws and regulations control regarding child and youth employment, and only after that can they begin working. The situation is, of course, slightly different when your parents or other family members ‘employ’ you; safety and risks must be taken into account, but contracts won’t be signed probably. In the next few paragraphs, you you other teens aged between 13 and 17 based in the UK will find essential information on employment, including job ideas for teens to finally gain more independence from your parents and earn some pocket money.

General information on jobs for teens in the UK

Some news outlets have reported that the number of teens working in the UK is decreasing, at least when it comes to the so-called traditional jobs associated with teenagers. While paper rounds no longer exists or barely, babysitting, pet sitting, retail shop jobs, kitchen jobs, tutoring jobs, car wash jobs, lifeguard jobs, summer camp jobs, and many other seasonal jobs still attract quite a lot of attention. And some children are discovered by agents or encouraged by their parents to try to break into the entertainment industry. Children and young people are protected by law, and it varies who can do what and where. It matters whether you’re 13 or 16. For example, only 16- and 17-year-olds are entitled to receive a minimum wage that is £4.35 per hour. Others may get paid less or more than that. It’s the employer’s decision. In terms of online jobs, a PayPal account may be set as a requirement. If that’s the case, ask your parents to assist you.

Regulations
Minors, namely children under the age of 17, are not allowed to work:

  • without an employment permit issued by the education department of the local council, if this is required by local bylaws
  • in places like a factory or industrial site
  • during school hours, and before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
  • for more than one hour before school starts (unless local bylaws allow it)
  • for more than 4 hours without taking a break of at least 1 hour
  • in most jobs in pubs and betting shops and those prohibited in local bylaws
  • in any work that may be harmful to their health, well-being or education
  • without having a 2-week break from any work during the school holidays in each calendar year

  • Jobs for 13-year-olds

In the UK, you must be at least 13 years old to get a part-time job, a light one, that doesn’t put your life and health at risk. Therefore, your employers, your parents and also you must be familiar with the law regarding working hours.
Regulations
During school terms:

  • a maximum of 12 hours a week
  • a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays
  • a maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays

During school holidays:

  • a maximum of 25 hours a week
  • a maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

Companies
Without any companies involved, you could help out your family members as a pet sitter or babysitter. If you love the spotlight and aspire to play in films and/or stage, read about The Young Actors Agency, or start a channel on YouTube and earn money as a vlogger.

In case you love technology, there are a few online platforms that allow individuals over 13 to join their website with their legal guardians’ consent. Not all of them require you to have the best grades in school.

  • Create online courses on various subjects with Udemy
  • Sell clothes with Vinted
  • Help people in various fields with Fiverr
  • Teach English or another subject with Preply

Jobs for 14-year-olds

A 14-year-old doesn’t differ so much from a 13-year-old when it comes to child employment laws, even if your interests change within just one year. You can still ask you relatives whether they could use your help as a pet sitter, babysitter, or even as a cleaner. Acting could also work.  Keep in mind that you can’t be on the clock as much as you want to. Check the hours below, and some companies that you could find a job with. (You will probably need your legal guardians’ consent to join any of these platforms listed below.)

Regulations
During school terms:

  • a maximum of 12 hours a week
  • a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays
  • a maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays

During school holidays:

  • a maximum of 25 hours a week
  • a maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

Companies

  • Look for a babysitting or pet-sitting jobs with Care.com
  • Share your knowledge with others by publishing online courses Udemy
  • Declutter your closet and sell your items with Vinted
  • Some people need help with (crazy) stuff, help them via Fiverr
  • Teach or tutor your peers and others with Preply

Jobs for 15-year-olds

By turning 15, the number of hours you allowed to work increase. The list of jobs for teens from the UK becomes longer and a bit more diverse. But your employer can never force you to work more hours than allowed. The companies listed below may ask you to submit a document signed by your legal guardians.

Regulations
During school terms:

  • a maximum of 12 hours a week
  • a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays
  • a maximum of 8 hours on Saturdays

During school holidays:

  • a maximum of 35 hours a week
  • a maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

Companies

  • Boots UK Ltd employs 15-year-olds as customer assistants in most of their stores, but not the ones at airports.
  • Care.com accepts applications from 15-year-olds who wants to earn money by babysitting or pet sitting.
  • On Udemy, you can publish (and sell) your courses on various subjects.
  • Vinted is for teens with lots of clothes to get rid of.
  • Fiverr started out as a fun website to offer help with all kinds of crazy things. Today you can earn money by designing websites and logos for clients, for example.
  • Preply builds a community of teachers and tutors. What subject(s) could you sign up with?

Jobs for 16-year-olds

In most countries, young people can leave school once they turned 16; sometimes with some requirements to meet. In the UK, 16-year-olds are grouped with 15-year-olds in terms of permitted working hours. What differentiates 16-year-olds from 15-year-old teens is access to jobs at certain companies. See all the companies listed above and below.

Regulations
During school terms:

  • a maximum of 12 hours a week
  • a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays
  • a maximum of 8 hours on Saturdays

During school holidays:

  • a maximum of 35 hours a week
  • a maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sunday

Companies

  • McDonald’s hires people from the age of 16, and usually pays them £6.00 per hour.
  • If you’re not into fast food but want to become a barista, consider Costa Coffee.
  • Besides Care.com, Bubble is for babysitters.
  • If you have lots of unused devices and equipment at home, rent them out with Fat Llama. (You may need your legal guardians’ consent to join the site.)
  • Scroll up for more ideas!

Jobs for 17-year-olds

As 17-year-old person, you can work a maximum of 40 hours a week. In the UK, the official school leaving age is 16, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can skip or abandon school entirely. It all depends on where you live in the UK. Luckily, you don’t have to limit your job search to a handful of companies but explore all types of jobs. However, if you decide to try an app job, your legal guardian may need to consent your registration.

Regulations

  • In England, you can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays but must do stay stay in full-time education, start an apprenticeship or traineeship, or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training until the age of 18.
  • In Scotland, if you turn 16 between 1 March and 30 September, you can leave school after the 31st of May of that year. If you’re a bit younger and turn 16 between 1 October and the end of February, you can leave school at the start of the Christmas holidays in that school year.
  • In Wales, you can leave school on the last Friday in June, as long as you will be 16 by the end of that school year’s summer holidays.
  • In Northern Ireland, if you turn 16 during the school year (between 1 September and 1 July), you can leave school after the 30th of June. If you turn 16 between 2 July and 31 August, you can’t leave school until 30 June the following year.

Companies

  • Apart from Care.com, Tailster could be on your radar if you want to earn an income as a pet sitter. (The age limit is 18, but in some cases they may accept you.)

Online jobs for teens

Despite being only 13 years old, you’re considered a digital native, perhaps you don’t know anything about analogue techniques. Unless you’re curious about the past and how technology has developed throughout the years. Several easy, fun and some specialised online jobs for teens in the UK could make you a breadwinner and/or double your pocket money. As for requirements, it’s more about your age, but you should consider the number of hours you are allowed to spend working with.

Companies

  • Arty-farty teens, from the age of 13, may open their online shop on Etsy and sell their items worldwide. (You may need your parents’ assistance if you’re a minor.)
  • Your unused clothes could find a new home, sell your items with Vinted, which you can join as young as 13. (You may need your parents’ assistance if you’re a minor.)
  • Udemy and Brighton would satisfy your needs if you wish to teach or tutor others. You may register on the websites if you’re over 13. (You may need your parents’ assistance if you’re a minor.)
  • To rent other things, look into how Fat Llama works; you must be 16 to sign up.
  • Without much effort, you could make money completing surveys with Hiving. Bear in mind that you must be 15 to become a Hiving panellist.
  • With a special skill, such as drawing, social media, blogging, writing, etc., you may launch your freelance career at the age of 13 with Fiverr and at the age of 16 with Freelancer.com. (You may need your parents’ assistance if you’re a minor.

Job ideas from your peers

Every day new jobs emerge and old jobs vanish, so it’s better to keep an eye on the changes shaping the British labour market. Also, policies and laws may be amended over time, so finding a job can entail less stress later on. Sure, you want a job now and not a few years later, so the best you can do is to seek more information. You might be too young to join our community but you can still search for answers.