Employment of secondary aged pupils

We have adopted byelaws which regulate the part-time employment of school age children (children who have not yet reached their statutory school leaving date) during term-time and holiday periods.

Employment includes assistance in any trade or occupation which is carried on for profit, whether or not payment is received for that assistance. This includes times when the child is employed by a parent.

Please see a copy of the byelaws.

Apply for an employment permit

Before a child can take up employment, they must have an employment permit. The permit details the employment to be undertaken and the hours and days to be worked. Before a permit can be issued, parents and the child's head teacher must give their permission for the child to be employed and employers must carry out a written risk assessment.

To apply for an employment permit please complete the application form (available in two formats):

View the work employment permit for children privacy notice (PDF 158KB) to find out what we do with your information.

Applying during school term

Applications made during the school term should be returned to the child’s school. View schools contact details.

Any queries regarding the issuing of permits, or requests to amend permits should be made to the child’s own secondary school in the first instance.

Applying during school holidays

Applications made during school holidays should be emailed to or posted to:

Education and Children’s Services
Woodhill House
Westburn Road
AB16 5GB


If you have any questions, please email