Shelf stacking, delivering newspapers and shop assistant are the most popular jobs secondary school pupils do next to their study. Boys more often work as shelf stackers in supermarkets, whereas girls work as shop assistants or till assistants in supermarkets. In 2008, pupils earned on average 1,100 euro a year working in these jobs.
Top 10 of most popular jobs among 15 to 18 year-old pupils in secondary education
Older pupils more often work in small jobs
The proportion of pupils holding small jobs alongside their study increases with age. Just under 40 percent of 15-year-olds had short-hour jobs in 2008. Two thirds of 16-year-olds and 77 percent of 17 and 18-year-olds worked in part-time jobs. Girls more often work than boys, but the differences are minor.
Proportion of pupils aged 15-18 working in small jobs
Older boys and girls work longer hours
The number of hours pupils work per week is limited and tends to increase as they grow older. Pupils aged 15 on average work 7 hours a week, as against 18-year-olds who work nearly twice as many hours. Boys aged 17 and 18 average more hours each week than girls. For 15 and 16-year-olds, there is no difference between boys and girls.
Earnings average 150 euro a month
Overall, 15-year-old boys and girls earned about 600 euro in 2008. Older boys and girls earn up to 1,820 and 1,660 euro respectively. Altogether, pupils in the age category 15-18 earned about 300 million euro in 2008.
Average incomes pupils, 2008
Clemens Siermann and Reinder Lok