The things you need to know about pay, rights and working hours.
Take a look at the frequently asked questions
How old do I need to be to work full time?
You can start full time work of up to 40 hours a week when you have reached the minimum school leaving age.
In Wales the minimum school leaving age is calculated like this:
- You can leave school on the last Friday of June, only if you are going to be 16 by the end of that school year’s summer holidays (Gov.uk)
Can I work part time while I am in school?
What is the National Minimum Wage/ National Living Wage?
The National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage is the minimum hourly rate you would get depending on your age.
If you are over 25, you will get at least the National Living Wage. If you are under 25 but over the school-leaving age, you will get at least the National Minimum Wage.
You must be at least the school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage.
The rates change every April. The current rates are:
|Year||25 and over||21 to 24||18 to 20||Under 18||Apprentice|
|April 2020 (current rate)||£8.72||£8.20||£6.45||£4.55||£4.15|
Take a look at National Minimum Wage rates on Gov.uk for more information.
The Money Advice Service can help you understand more about the money you earn. Take a look at Understanding your payslip to find out more.
How do I get a National Insurance Number?
I live in the UK
If you live in the UK you should be sent a National Insurance number automatically just before your 16th birthday. If you didn’t receive one, and you are under 20 call the helpline number. You can also use this number if you've lost your National Insurance number:
Monday to Friday 8am-8pm
Telephone: 0300 200 3500
Text phone: 0300 200 3519
I'm over 20 and don't have a National Insurance number
If you are over 20 and don’t have a National Insurance number apply by phoning the application line:
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Telephone: 0800 1412075
Text phone: 0800 141 2438
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm
Welsh Language: 0800 141 2349
How long does it take to get a National Insurance number?
When you phone the helpline number HM Revenue and Customs will not tell you your National Insurance number over the phone. They will post it to you. This usually takes 15 working days.
Find out more about national insurance number on Gov.uk.
Where can I find out about my employment rights?
ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) can be contacted to discuss your employment rights or any issues you might be facing in your workplace.
Telephone: 0300 123 1100
Text phone: 180010300 1231100
View the other ways to contact ACAS.
The Money Advice Service offers free and impartial money and employment advice.
Where can I find out about disclosing criminal records to employers?
NACRO are a national social justice charity who have advice and information about:
- Disclosing criminal records to employers
- Advice on how to disclose a criminal record to an employer
- How different sectors handle applications from people with a criminal record
- What information will be disclosed on the different kinds of DBS checks
- How to find out what is on your criminal record
Telephone: 0300 123 1999
What are my rights if I am a temporary agency worker?
Who can help me if I'm made redundant?
If you are facing redundancy, there are organisations who can help you with your next steps. Take a look at Options after redundancy for further information about the support available.
The Money Advice Service can help you with creating a redundancy plan, which benefits you can claim and your legal rights. Find out more on the Money Advice Service - Redundancy.
Who can support me with pensions and retirement?
Your company's Human Resources Department can give you further information about the type of pension you have and the different options available to you if you are considering retirement.
Find out more about the State Pension on gov.uk.
The Money Advice Service can offer you advice and guidance on different types of pension and retirement income options. Find out more on Pensions and retirement.