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Full time work

1. Full time work 2. Part time work 3. Understanding payslips
4. National Insurance 5. P45 and P60 explained 6. Income tax
7. Tax codes - what are they? 8. Pension 9. Getting a job

1. What is Full time work?

Full time work/job is usually anything over 30 hours a week.  There are EU working time regualtions around working more than 48 hours a week.  Most jobs pay at least the national minimum wage, however there are some exceptions such as self employed people and those under 16.

As of April 2019, the National Minimum Wage is as follows:

Age/status Hourly pay
Apprentice £3.90
Under 18 £4.35
18 to 20 £6.15
21 to 24 £7.70
25 and over £8.21 - This is known as the Living Wage


You can work full time without having to undertake some form of study or training if:

  • You are over the age of 18

You cannot work full time if:

  • You are between 16 and 18 you are required to continue learning, so you can undertake part time work and part time education or training, or an apprenticeship;
  • You have not reached 18 years of age.  Anyone under the age of 18 is unable to work during school hours in term time until after the end of year 11

If you work full time, you may not be able to claim certain benefits.

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