At the age of 17, you have the added benefit of a driving license! After you have passed your driving test, your job opportunities much broader with the chance to take vacancies that require additional travel. If you’re looking to save money before university, getting a part time job could be the ideal solution. If you’re looking for something to do during the summer, getting a summer job could be the perfect solution for you.

Which jobs can I take at 17 years old?

As a 17 year old you have quite a lot of options. You can get a part time job in the catering industry, as kitchen help or dishwasher. You can work behind the counter in a shop or be a shop assistant. If you do well, then perhaps you can work your way up and become a team leader.

If you’re still at school, then perhaps you should consider a part time job. You can work a couple of hours after school or at the weekends. This will ensure that you’ve got enough money in your pockets to do all the cool things that you’ve always dreamed about. Or maybe you and your mates have dreamed of going on holiday together once you turn 18. Why not save up for that?

There are also a number of more local and flexible jobs available for 17 year olds, such as childcare and tutoring roles. If you want to earn money from the comfort of your own home, a teaching job online job could be a great fit. You can tutor in a subject of your choice and often set your own rates, giving you the opportunity to really be your own boss.

How much do 17 year olds get paid?

As a 17 year old, by law you should be earning at least the National Minimum Wage. For young people under the age of 18, the minimum is €6.48 per hour. Depending on the particular company and/or job you apply for you could be earning significantly more than this.

If you’re looking to earn more than the minimum wage, why not try out a bar or waiting job? Working in hospitality is a great way to boost your base salary since you often receive tips from satisfied customers.

Are there any rules for working at 17 years old?

As a young worker, it is important to make sure you receive the correct breaks during your working day. You’re entitled to a break of 15 minutes for every 4 ½ hours worked in a day. For every 6 hours worked in a day, you should get a break of 30 minutes. In a period of 24 hours, you’re entitled to 11 hours rest. And 24 hours rest in a period of 7 days.

If you’re still studying, you should ensure you’ve got enough rest breaks to keep you energised and ready for classes. Always agree with your prospective employer before signing the contract and show it to someone who you trust to give you the best advice.