Top Jobs For Under 18s
There are some legal restrictions on what kinds of job you can do when you are under 18, as well as limits on the number of hours you can work. We’ll get the legal stuff about jobs for under 18 year olds clear first and then highlight the best jobs for teenagers in the UK - including part time jobs for teenagers, weekend jobs for teenagers and school holiday jobs for teenagers...
|Under 18s Jobs - The Legal Bit|
There are a few grey areas when it comes to the age children and young adults can work in different types of jobs. But there are also some clear black and white areas too, so it pays to know what your rights are as a young worker in the UK.
For example, it’s usually the case that 13 is the minimum age to start some form of part time job, albeit even then, confined to part time “light work.” However, with permission and the relevant licences, even children under the age of 13 can ‘work’ in certain fields such as TV or theatre acting and modelling.
Once you reach the minimum school leaving age you can start to work full time, for up to eight hours a day and 40 hours a week. Or, of course, you can work part time and continue with your education, too.
There are also different minimum wage rates which apply to young people at different ages.
The rules on child employment are prone to change from time to time, and sometimes vary even between local councils, so, to make sure you are up to date with the current rules and regulations, check out the Child Employment section of GOV.UK. There is also a great overview of the law as it applies to work for young people on the Citizens Advice website.
|Paper Round Jobs For Teenagers|
Not quite as abundant as they once were due to more people getting their news online these days, but a paper round could still be a decent way to make money if print is still popular in your area.
You’ll need to be at least 13 to do a paper round. Ask around at all of your local newsagents to see if they would love your help in delivering their dailies, the local weekly paper or magazine subscriptions.
If you’re not a morning person (think 7am alarm clock or even earlier) then you’ll be limiting your chances of finding a paper round job, as that’s when most deliveries are made. However, you might be lucky enough to find a newsagent who only needs deliveries made in the afternoons or evenings.
You don’t need to be super fit to do a paper round but you do need to be realistic about the amount of walking or cycling that might be involved. As long as that doesn’t seem like too much effort, then think of this sort of teenage job as a great way of keeping fit while earning some pocket money.
Alternatively, EPCRS need brochure distributors and accept applications from anyone aged 16 and over.
|Bar & Restaurant Jobs For Teenagers|
Bar and restaurant jobs can be good fun and can grow your confidence because you will be meeting so many members of the general public on a regular basis.
However, not all bar and restaurant jobs are open to young people due to alcohol laws. For example, if you are you 16 or 17 then you are allowed to serve alcohol as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant, provided that the alcohol is drunk with a meal.
You may also be allowed to serve alcohol in a bar or pub too at that age, but the licence holder or bar manager must approve the sale by overseeing you at all times. In some parts of the UK, you might be restricted to serving just cans or bottles of alcohol, rather than draught from the pump or wine by the glass, for example.
Kitchen assistant jobs provide more flexibility for young people as you won’t be directly in contact with alcohol. You could work as a washer-up or food assistant in a local bar, pub, cafe or restaurant and gain some valuable work experience for your CV.
Ask around your family and friends to see if they know of any bars or restaurants are looking for staff as these sorts of jobs are often handled by the bar or kitchen manager rather than the brewery or restaurant chain owner. You could even pop in to all of your local eateries and drinkeries and ask if they need any help on a part time basis. Find bar jobs here.
|Shop Jobs For Teenagers|
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do much part time work in a shop during the week in term time, unless, of course, you can find local shops which stay open quite late in the evenings. However, you should be able to find weekend jobs for teenagers in stores at your local shopping centre, on the high street or in working in supermarkets.
There’s also plenty more scope for shop work during the school or college holidays when stores are usually at their peak trading time. You’ll still only be able to work part time if you are under 16, but you can really earn quite good money with a shop job during the summer, Christmas or Easter holidays. Find retail jobs here.
Gaining some retail experience at this early age will put you in prime position for future full time retail work when you finish your education. And, it’s not all about the money in this sort of teenage job; as a member of staff you might be entitled to other perks and benefits such as staff discounts or a store clothes allowance. We’ve written before about the perks of retail jobs and some of the rewards you can expect when working in supermarkets.
|Theme Park Jobs For Teenagers|
Every teenager loves a theme park don’t they? So, why not work at one?
There is a huge range of roles on offer at big theme parks such as Alton Towers, THORPE PARK, Blackpool Pleasure Beach - and many of the jobs are suitable for 16 to 18 year olds.
If you fancy a seasonal job like this then be sure to read our complete guide to Theme Park Jobs In The UK.
|Online Jobs For Teenagers Under 18|
The internet has opened up a whole new world of work for teenagers. There are all sorts of internet jobs for teenagers, so it just depends on your own particular skills.
Just a few examples of work which teenagers can get paid for doing online include:
|Earn Cash With Paid Surveys|
Some companies and research organisations are very keen to learn what consumers and general members of the public think about their products or ideas - and, as a teenager, you are a perfect demographic for this sort of work.
Coca Cola are looking for teenagers aged 16-19 to join their research community and be given premium insights into forthcoming drinks.
You won’t make a fortune doing paid surveys online, but it’s easy work if you have access to the internet - and you can pick and choose which paid surveys you want to take part in. Find out more about earning money for filling out online surveys.
|Police Line Ups|
Not a very regular line of work, but some UK police forces keep a team of people on their books to take part in ‘line ups’ or identity parades. If they have a suspect and you have a similar profile fit (eg similar age, same gender etc) then they could pay you to stand in line next to them at your local station while a witness tries to pick out the offender.
Ask at your local police station to see if they have this system (rather than using their own officers) and if you might be eligible.
|Lifeguard Jobs For Teenagers|
If you’re a strong swimmer then you’d probably enjoy a teenage job as a lifeguard, making sure that everyone around you feels safe in the water. You might be surprised to learn that you can be a lifeguard from the age of 16 and there could be opportunities at local swimming pools, health centres, beaches, activity camps or other places near you right now.
Find out how to find and apply for lifeguard job opportunities now.
If you’re 17 or over and looking for a way into a career in health, then Phlebotomy could be one route into the sector. Phlebotomists are people who collect blood samples to help diagnose illnesses in patients. You can find out more about entry routes into Phlebotomy on the NHS Health Careers website.
If you are good at a certain subject at school or college - AND you have a genuine passion for it - then you might be able to find some home tutoring work. Passing down your knowledge of Maths, English, Science or a language to younger students is very rewarding, both on a personal level and in the monetary sense too.
Okay, as a teenager you won’t be able to command the same wages as someone who holds a degree in a specialist subject, but you might still be earn a decent crust doing something that you like.
If you have already earned good GCSE grades then that should qualify you to teach kids aged 5-14.
However, to tutor anyone under the age of 18 then you’ll need to complete a DBS check. You can find out more about that check - and many other aspects of this kind of work - in our detailed guide to tutoring jobs in the UK.
If you are a keen sports fan or you’re mad about fitness, then sports coaching could be a nice little part time job for you. It’s not the easiest route into work for a teenager, but, with a bit of dedication you could get the qualifications you need for sports coaching from the age of 16.
There are very few employers or organisations which will offer you on the job training as a sports coach, so you will probably need to get some qualifications under your belt before you start applying for jobs. Find sports coaching jobs here.
If it’s football coaching that you are interested in, then your local county’s Football Association will more than likely offer a Level 1 Award In Coaching Football. You will probably have to pay up to £200 to complete the course, but prices vary between different counties, so it’s best if you contact your particular county FA for current rates. You can find contact details here.
If you can’t afford a full Level 1 Award in Coaching Football course on your own, then check out this page of the McDonald’s website as they offer free places on the county FA courses from time to time.
For more general sports coaching qualifications you could enrol on a City & Guilds Coaching course which would give you a good overall grounding of coaching as a discipline, and which would lead to solid qualifications. You could later choose to specialise in one or two particular sports, if you fancy.
Just a small selection of the companies which have advertised sports coach jobs through the e4s website include:
Related to sports coaching, another idea for sporty teenagers looking for part time work is refereeing. With football, you can become a referee from the age of 14, but there are also lots of other sports where clubs, teams or individuals will pay for a referee with good skills. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough!
As with coaching, you’ll probably need to complete a basic training course to qualify as a paid referee. For football refereeing check out these FAQs and then contact the referee development officer in your area. There is also some good information about training as a referee on this page of the Amateur FA website.
Refereeing, of football and most other sports, is one of those jobs where it’s not always about what you know, it’s about who you know (although a sound knowledge of the game you’re refereeing is obviously imperative). Ask the adults at your local sports clubs for advice on where you might be able to qualify locally as a referee, and grill them about whether they know of the best places for you to look for work once you are a qualified referee.
|Mystery Shopping Jobs|
Mystery shopping is where companies want feedback on their customer service, so they hire a mystery shopping company to send people into their shops to buy something and then report back on the service they received.
So mystery shopping jobs involve getting paid to go into shops, buy something and then write a report/complete a survey about the service received. Most mystery shopping jobs have a minimum age of 18 but Cosine are recruiting 16-18 year old's to buy National Lottery tickets to check whether ID is requested. It is straightforward work and can pay more than £50 per day!
Find out more about Mystery Shopping Jobs
|Find Good First Jobs For Teenagers In Your Area Now|
If you’re eligible and ready and keen to start working, then find part time vacancies and holiday jobs for teenagers in your area now. We have a huge range of part time jobs, weekend work and school holiday jobs right across the UK.
Aintree Racecourse Co Ltd, The Aintree Centre, Ormskirk....
Edinburgh International Conference Centre Ltd, The....
Starting salary £7.05 - £7.50 per hour
Up to £80 per day & holiday pay entitlement.
The Scottish Event Campus
Scottish Events Campus, Exhibition Way
National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage
Fees up to £16 per hour + tips + petrol
Excel, 1 Western Gateway
From £7.50 per hour
Fees up to £16 per hour + tips + petrol
up to £11 per hour
Fees up to £16 per hour + tips + petrol
Up to £10.45 per hour + benefits
Fees up to £16 per hour + tips + petrol
At Your Service Events
Reading & across Berkshire
£7.10 per hour and upwards
£1175 - £1217 per month
Ultimate Activity Camps
Rose Hill School
£275 - £365 per week
London & South East
£290 - £387 per week (based on a 44hrs per week)
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