Youth Employment in Portugal

Opportunities and regulations for part-time work for teenagers in Portugal...

The minimum working age is 16 years. A minor can only work if they have completed compulsory education or be enrolled in and attending secondary education.

The maximum legal workday for 16 to 18 year olds must not exceed 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week.

For over 18's the maximum legal workday is 10 hours, and the maximum working week is 40 hours. A maximum of two hours of paid overtime is allowed per day, up to 200 hours of overtime per year, with a minimum of 12 hours between workdays.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity (Ministério do Trabalho e Soliedaridade Social) monitors compliance through its regional inspectors.

There is a minimum national wage (salário mínimo nacional) in Portugal for all workers above the age of 18. Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds may be paid less but must earn at least 75 percent of the minimum wage.