Young Workers

Employment rights in the UK differ by age, with younger workers afforded extra protection, depending on their age. There are restrictions too, however (e.g. the youngest prohibited from doing certain jobs, lower minimum wage rates, etc.).

Also see our section on Apprenticeships, which relates to younger workers.

Further Information

Young workers: Know your rights leaflet

workSMART Know Your Rights

Download the workSMART guide Know Your Rights: Young People at Work (PDF, 1.31MB).


Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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