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Working Hours and Breaks

The following limits apply to the hours that can be worked by young persons under 18 years of age –

Maximum Weekly Working Hours
 14 Years Old15 Years Old
Term-timeNil8 hours
Holiday Work35 hours35 hours
Work Experience40 hours40 hours


Permitted Working Hours
 Under 16s16 & 17 years old
Early MorningAfter 8.00 a.m.After 6.00 a.m.
Night Work - with school the next morningUp to 8.00 p.m.Up to 10.00 p.m.
Night Work - with no school next morning (e.g. holidays, weekends)Up to 8.00 p.m.Up to 11.00 p.m **. (and not before 7.00 a.m. next morning)
** Note – work beyond 10.00 pm requires Ministerial approval by regulation. Specific regulations have been made for Licensed Premises – contact Workplace Relations Customer Service (0818 80 80 90) for further details. See also the 'Code of Practice Concerning the Employment of Young Persons in Licensed Premises'


Rest Breaks
 Under 16s16 & 17 Year Olds
30 minutes break after working4 hours4½ hours
Every 24 hours14 hours off12 hours off
Every 7 days2 days off2 days off