Working time

Hours of daytime work are according to collective agreements defined as 40 hours pr. week, divided into five eight hours working days from Monday to Friday, and wages determined as weekly or monthly wages. Paid coffee brakes, usually 35 minutes, are included in the 8 hour work day. Day time hours usually start at 07:00 (general workers, industrial workers) but the time they end differs based on what collective agreement applies. For general workers it ends at 17:00 hours but for industrial workers it is usually at 18:00 hours. The decision as to when during this period of daily hours the workers shall work their 8 hours day time work is made at each workplace by the workers and their employer.

Day time and over time work

The regular day-work pay can either be monthly pay or hourly pay. When monthly wages are paid for day-work, the worker receives the agreed monthly pay, irrespective of the number of workdays (Mondays-Fridays) during the month. 

The hourly pay for day work is established by dividing the monthly pay by 173.33. The paid wages every month are determined by the number of day-work hours in the relevant month. 

Overtime pay is paid for work in excess of 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Work performed outside day time hours is remunerated with overtime pay. 

It is not permitted to pay day-time wages for work performed during hours outside day-time hours even though the worker in question has not done his full 8 hours in day-time.

Overtime is in general paid at an hourly rate equalling 1.0385% of the monthly wages for regular day work. Special provisions may apply for overtime under collective agreements. 

Shift work

Most collective agreements contain an authorization on shift work applying to a part or all workers of a company. A shift differential is paid for work carried out during the period from 16:00 hours (from 17:00 hours at restaurants and hotels) to 08:00 hours and on weekends (2015). Overtime is paid for work in excess of 40 hours average per week as shift work.