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Weekend or holiday jobs for under 16s

​​What are the benefits of part-time / weekend / holiday work?

  • develop employability skills
  • earn money
  • meet new people
  • build confidence
  • understand a career industry

What types of employers will employ students?

  • shops
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • hotels / guest houses
  • cinema
  • fulfilment (warehouse work)

At what age can I get a job?

You can be employed in some industries from the age of 14, however restrictions do apply about how many hours you are permitted to work.

How many hours can I work?

A law that defines how many hours and where you can work if you are aged 14 to 15 years came into force on 1 October 2011 (known as the Children (Regulation of Employment) (Jersey) Order 2011). 

​The full law can be downloaded below, however the key points are that under 16s:

  • cannot be employed during school hours or before 6am or after 8.15pm
  • cannot work on more than six days in a week
  • work for more than two hours on any school day
  • work for more than 12 hours in a school week

Separate rules apply outside of the school term for 14 and 15 year olds. See the law for full details.

Children (Regulation of Employment) (Jersey) Order 2011 on Jersey Law website

How do I find a job?

You should start by preparing a CV and covering letter. If you need help you can make an appointment with your school careers teacher or an advisor from Skills Jersey.

Preparing a CV

You can either visit potential employers and hand in copies of your CV and covering letter, or send them by post or email.

If you are visiting potential employers, remember:

  • dress smartly, first impressions count
  • take copies of your CV and covering letter. Keep them in an A4 folder to avoid folding or damaging them
  • ask to speak to the manager, introduce yourself and explain what you are looking for
  • if you are told they have no vacancies at the moment, ask if they will keep your CV on file in case opportunities arise in the future
  • thank them for their time

How much will I get paid?

This will vary between employers. There is no minimum wage for under 16s.​​

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