The best things in life are not free. In fact even crap stuff costs money, so if you want “things” you’re gonna need cash, and if you want cash you’re gonna have to work (unless you’re a Kardashian). Hence as part of MP!’s guide to Your Best Summer Ever here ye follows the MP! guide to all things employment – where to look, what to say and how much you’re gonna get. Suck it up and you’ll be wearing that name badge faster than you can say, ‘How can I help you sir?’
Due to a fondness for shoving small children up chimneys, laws were passed in the UK making it very difficult for someone under the age of 13 to work. Between the ages of 13 and 16 there are loads of restrictions to working ‘cos the government reckon you have something better to do (uhm… school). You can’t do a full working week (35 hours) until the age of 15 and even then only during the school holidays. Don’t worry, after you’ve left school you can hit that nine to five as often as you fancy. If you’re wondering how all those Harry Potter films got made there are special exemptions for modelling and acting jobs – slebs eh, always getting special treatment.
If you have left school but are under the age of 18 you are classed as a not at all patronising “young worker”. If you’re a young worker there are several restrictions to your employment – you must have at least two days off a week, generally you cannot work at night and you can only work a 40 hour week. Get the rest whilst you can, once you hit 18 the maximum working week is 48 hours but employers can get round that sneaky European law by making you sign something to say that you’re happy to work as many hours as they like and also give up your soul*. You should not have to sign this to get a job and if you find your employer is taking the proverbial you can always opt out of this agreement.
SHOW ME THE MONEY
If you are of compulsory school age you are not entitled to a national minimum wage. That means it’s perfectly acceptable for you to work for a year for only 56p and a family bag of Revels (don’t get any ideas Olly). After you’ve left school the rates, like so many things, change depending on your age:
- £5.93 – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
- £4.92 – the 18-20 rate
- £3.64 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
I’d appreciate any ideas as to what 21 year olds need to spend the extra £2.29 on?
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
No one has the right to deny you employment due to your gender, sexuality, faith, race, accent, highlights, taste in jeans, ability to eat a fruit pastille without chewing. An employer that does this is engaging in DISCRIMINATION. Discrimination is an evil monster whose arch enemy is captain confidence. If you believe that you have failed to get a job or been asked to leave a job for unfair reasons speak up and get advice from you local Citizens Advice Bureau or Connexions personal advisor.
So you have an annoying amount of knowledge about the legalities of having a job – your boss is going to hate you. But as a wise pup strumpet once said ‘we are living in a material world’ so start the hunt now and you too can be a material girl.
*It doesn’t really say this but IT MIGHT AS WELL.
POP STARS TALK ABOUT THEIR FIRST JOBS:
Amanda, Cover Drive “Before signing to Polydor we all worked in local shops and small places like that. Things are really busy here in the Summer months but then it gets quiet for the rest of the year. I used to spend all my money on clothes but told my mum I was saving. She doesn’t know… until now!”
Sam, Twenty Twenty “My first job was pretty dodgy, washing pots and pans at a nearby restaurant. Man it really stunk but it gave me the money to buy my first guitar and the rest as they say is history. Wouldn’t want to go back but earning cash for the first time felt great :)”
- MP!’s guide to your Best Summer Ever part 1: Meet a pop star
- MP!’s guide to your Best Summer Ever part 2: Survive a festival
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