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Are there still Saturday jobs about, for teenagers?

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Tequilamockinbird Tue 27-Sep-11 14:22:59

DD will be 14 next month, due to her having such expensive taste in clothes, make-up etc, I have suggested to her that getting a part time job may be the answer (instead of hounding me and then sulking when she can't afford things!)

I always had Saturday jobs, from about 13 - started off with a paper round and then worked in a shoe shop, the cinema, a sandwich shop etc. However, I'm not sure shops still take on younger teens, does anybody know? Other than paper rounds that is.

Ponders Tue 27-Sep-11 14:26:06

It's hard to get work in shops under 16 these days unless you have contacts - I think washing up in restaurants might be easier to get.

Has she tried for a paper round?

Ponders Tue 27-Sep-11 14:26:40

(by contacts I mean someone local with their own shop!)

Tequilamockinbird Tue 27-Sep-11 14:32:13

She has her name down at a couple of local shops for paper rounds, yes. But they have waiting lists a mile long sad.

I do pay her for doing jobs around the house but sadly I can't afford all that much. I want her to be more independent, like I was - it certainly taught me about life, and finances from quite a young age!

cat64 Tue 27-Sep-11 19:50:22

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brehon Tue 27-Sep-11 20:12:22

My 17 has been trying and applying for ages - no luck and he'll do almost anything (legal). Regarding washing dishes in pubs, all the jobs advertised around here state you must be over 18! Would your daughter consider a saturday job in a hairdressers? That might be the best place to start.

Theas18 Wed 28-Sep-11 19:52:28

I think It'll be nigh on impossible for a 14yr old to get a job. Can you afford to "employ" her at minimum wage doing jobs about the house above and beyond what is expected as "part of the family"?

For instance I pay my DS what it'd cost to put the car through the car wash for washing it, £5/hour for garden labouring etc

SnapesOnAPlane Wed 28-Sep-11 19:54:22

It's possible, but some retail stores won't take under18's (such as Game).
No harm in trying though.

herbietea Wed 28-Sep-11 19:57:48

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Ponders Wed 28-Sep-11 20:14:17

this directgov page has all the inf about working from 13 onwards. You need the permit even for a paper round (but getting one isn't a big deal). The page specifies the hours a child may legally work, & what the pay levels are. It is possible for a 13-yr-old to get a job (but as I said before, you need contacts really)

My older kids (both past 25) did milk rounds but those have practically dried up now sad

DS1's birthday is mid-July, & he wasn't able to even apply to Sainsburys until he had turned 16, by which time all the older kids in his year had already got their applications in - he did get a job before Christmas though IIRC.

She needs to tout herself round all the possible places locally - hairdressers, other small local shops, restaurants, local free sheets (DS2 did a fortnightly one when he was 16/17 which paid £7 a time, or £15 if there was a flyer included - not much but it all helps!)

UniS Wed 28-Sep-11 20:15:53

Round here there is work for teens in pub kitchen, cafe kitchen , baby sitting not much more.

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