At what age can newspapers be delivered?

Well-deserved pocket money for children and young people: delivery of newspapers Photo: Andrey_Popov /

Delivering newspapers gives children and young people extra pocket money. But from what age is the mini-job allowed? You can find out more about mini jobs for children and young people here.

For many children and young people, delivering newspapers is a great way to earn some pocket money for the first time and get a taste of working life. The Child Labor Protection Executive Order and the Act on the Protection of Youth Workers state from which age the employment can be exercised and how long it can be used.

At what age can children deliver newspapers?

The Regulation on the Protection of Child Labor (KindArbSchV) allows over 13-year supply of newspapers, magazines, advertisement sheets and advertisement brochures. At the same time, this means that children under the age of 13 are not allowed to accept such mini-jobs. For the mini-job, the children must have a consent form from a guardian.

What other jobs can children do?

In principle, according to KindARbSchV, it is not allowed to work for children under 15 years of age. Delivery of newspapers counts as an exception. Other exceptions are the following jobs:

  • In private and agricultural households: Household and garden, messenger garden, childcare and other household care, guidance, pet care and shopping activities with the exception of the purchase of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
  • In farms: Harvesting and tillage, in-house marketing of agricultural products and animal care.
  • awards in sports
  • non-commercial promotions and events: Churches, denominations, associations, clubs and parties.

You can read more about this and what exceptions there are here: The Child Labor Protection Ordinance § 2 Permitted occupations

Also read: How much pocket money should children get? (pocket money table)

How Much Money Does a Newspaper Bid Make?

It is not possible in general to say how much children and young people earn by providing newspapers. The salary depends on:

  • the size of the area
  • employer
  • the newspaper / prospectus, etc.
  • the amount of newspapers
  • the rate of sorting and discharge

Depending on the employer, no hourly wage can be paid, but a fixed amount per. delivered newspaper / brochure. For more information, contact your employer directly.

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How many hours can children work?

According to the Youth Worker Protection Act (JArbSchG), children over 13 and under 15 may. maximum 2 hours a day occupation. If the child works in a family farm, the maximum working time is 3 hours per day. Other provisions regarding working hours are:

  • no occupation between kl. 18.00 and 8.00
  • no employment before schooling
  • no employment during school hours

Exceptions from events

All exceptions must be approved by the supervisory authority upon application. This includes:

  • Theater performances: over 6 years up to four hours a day between 10.00 and 23.00
  • Music performances, advertising events, radio recordings, sound and image carriers as well as film and photo recordings: over 3 years up to 2 hours a day between 8 and 17, children over 6 years up to 3 hours daily between kl. and at

Further information can be found here: Youth Worker Protection Act (JArbSchG)

Children from 15 years

Children count from the age of 15 as young people and are generally allowed to work a maximum of 8 hours a day and a maximum of 40 hours a week. Additional rules can also be found in the law on the protection of youth workers.

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