I used to work every other Saturday in four hour shifts when I was 15. I didn't have an NI card and my employer didnt want my NI number when I finally got it.
Employers need your NI number so that national insurance can be deducted from your wages. This will only happen if you're earning over a certain threshold a week, which I think is higher than what you can earn from working the legal hours allowed for under 16's. I've only had to pay national insurance once, and that's when I earned over £300 a month during Christmas.
So I think you can work if you don't have an NI card because you're under 16, but few employers want under 16's working for them.
i know im 14 nearly 15 and i really really want a job but cant get one!!! any suggestions?? ive asked around but cant find anything
it kind of depends on who you work for, a big chain company has procedures and will obide by the law so probably wont employ underage people, whereas in my experience small self-owned shops etc... may not mind
yeh tahts what i was referring to the small self owned shops...they usually take on younger employees because its cheaper