Although the age at which children may generally be employed is set at 14 years, both in European and domestic legislation, the restricted employment of 13-year-olds can be permitted on a local basis. However, this is expected to be an exception rather than a general rule. Some local authorities have made by-laws authorising the employment of children aged 13:
- on an occasional basis by their parents in light agricultural or horticultural work; and
- in categories of 'light work' as specified in that particular by-law.
These regulations will inevitably be varied depending on local conditions and employment needs and practices. Local authorities will set regulations governing the hours, days, or times of day a child may work, and they may also set regulations concerning intervals for rest and meal breaks, holidays and other conditions of their employment.