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Can I Get A Job At Age 15 In The Uk?

I mean a REAL job , not like babysitting or doing a paper round etc.
I want to work part time in the summer holidays. I should have my NI number by then since my birthday is in September.
What places will DEFINITELY hire a 15 year old? If you’re just guessing then don’t even bother answering. I know I can’t work at McDonalds , sainsburys and tescos (says on their websites)
However , I could work as a Sales Assistant in WHSmith. They say on the website they can hire 13-16 year olds and since it will be in school holidays I would be able to work more hours since it wouldn’t interfere with my education.
http://www.whsmithcareers.co.uk/working-in-our-stores/sales-assistant/
Also , I know this is a separate question , but how old do you have to be to volunteer in a charity SHOP! and I emphasize SHOP because there are loads in my community and I want to start volunteer work but I’m not sure if they will let a 15 year old work there.

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3 Responses to “Can I Get A Job At Age 15 In The Uk?”

  1. Unknown says:

    Yes

  2. Oscar says:

    To work in the UK you need to have your national insurance number. I believe that there is sometimes an issue with employers liability insurance not covering people younger than 16, which could be why Tesco’s etc. won’t accept you. My advice would be to actually go to the shops you would like to work for and speak to the store manager, explaining that you would like to work in the summer holidays. This is because when you are younger, you may be judged simply because of your age (managers want competent, confident, and trustworthy staff, which often young teenagers aren’t!). By going in and talking to them like a responsible adult, then you give a very good impression! Good Luck!

  3. Jo W says:

    The WH Smith website contradicts itself: it will only employ those with an NI number. You don’t get an NI number until you are 16 (you don’t pay NI until you are 16, so don’t need one before then – although you certainly can work without one. Think of all those child actors and models who work while still babes in arms….). Nobody will hire a 15 year old. I’m not guessing – but do learn to be polite if you want people to help you. You come over as a brat.

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