Youth Employment

Information about the work opportunities and regulations for teenagers, students and school leavers in Hong Kong...

Full legislative details on youth employment are available on the English version of the Labour Department website.

Youth Employment is governed by The Employment of Children Regulations and the basic conditions are as follows:

  • children aged under 15 may not work in any industrial undertakings
  • children aged 13 and 14 may be employed in non-industrial establishments, as long as they continue to attend full-time schooling if they have not yet completed Form 3 of secondary education. There are other conditions which aim to protect their safety, health and welfare
  • children aged 13 or under are prohibited from taking up any employment. However, the Commissioner of Labour may give special permission for them to be employed as entertainers for the purpose of art and training. Again conditions apply

In the Employment of Young Persons (Industry) Regulations, a young person refers to anyone over the age of 15 but under the age of 18 years.

  • young people may work a maximum of 8 hours a day between 07:00 and 19:00 only
  • they may work a maximum of 48 hours a week and 6 days a week
  • after any period of 5 hours continuous work they must be allowed at least a half-hour break
  • they may not work overtime or do night work and must be allowed statutory holidays
  • the work has to be suitable for their age and physical development, therefore work in certain industrial firms carrying heavy loads, for example, would be prohibited

Everyone has these rights regardless of their nationality.

  • Youth Employment Services provides a platform of diversified training and job search with comprehensive pre-employment and on-the-job training opportunities for people aged 15 to 24: Click here