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Working hours for technical and administrative employees

The working year for Norwegian state employees is 37.5 hours net per week, with holidays and holiday pay in accordance with the Holidays Act’s provisions.

Normally, the employee is to work for 1,695 hours a year.

Normal working hours

  • The normal working hours in the state sector are from 7am to 5pm as an outer framework.
  • The working-hour provisions in chapter 10 of the Norwegian Working Environment Act, together with the Basic Collective Agreement and Basic Agreement, set the frameworks for the working hours and work in excess of the normal working hours.
  • Technical and administrative personnel at UiO have different working hours in the summer and winter:
    • From 15 May to 14 September, the working hours are 08:00-15:00.
    • From 15 September to 14 May, the working hours are 08:00-15:45.
  • Technical and administrative personnel have lunch included in their working hours and are to be available to their employer.
  • A working year consists of 1950 working hours (7,5 working hours per day x 5 days x 52 weeks).
    • Therefore, the wage per hour for hourly paid workers according to the hourly paid wages table is the gross annual wage according to the wage class divided by 1950.
    • The number of annual working hours for permanent employees is determined by the the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation. This number is used for the calculation of overtime in the A table.

Flexitime and other schemes

  • UiO has introduced public-sector flexible working hours ( (Norwegian) for technical and administrative personnel.
  • For employees who are governed by the flexitime scheme the core work period is 09:00 am to 14:30 pm throughout the whole year.
  • Outer working hours are from 06:00 am to 09:00 am and from 14:30 pm to 21:00 pm.
  • The maximum work time is 12 hours per day.
  • If an employee wishes to take compensatory time off for whole or half days, this is possible for up to 24 days per calendar year. Part-time employees may take compensatory days off commensurate with the agreed percentage of their position.
  • Also employees on part-time sick leave may - with their superior's and doctor's consent - work flexible hours. However, in total it is not possible to accummulate plus hours in the course of the sick leave period as this would conflict with the sick leave degree stated in the medical certificate, cf. Special Agreement on Flexible Working Hours in the Public Sector I.3. and note 2 ( (Norwegian).
  • After consultations with the trade unions the agreement was reached that the settlement date for transferring plus or minus work hours shall be 1 January every year. It is not possible to transfer more than 50 plus hours and 10 minus hours. Read more about settlement of flexitime (Norwegian).

Recording of working hours

Work time and absence is to be recorded in the HR portal, see user guide.


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Published Sep. 10, 2015 4:27 PM - Last modified Sep. 17, 2018 11:24 AM