Flexible working hours

On this page you can find an overview of terms concerning flexible working hours.

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NTNU has common provisions for all employees who have fixed or flexible working hours.

The provisions do not apply for employees who are in leading positions or in particularly independent posts (applies for most scientific positions).

Positions with fixed or flexible working hours are subject to terms in The basic agreement for the civil service and are pursuant to The special agreement on flexible working hours in the state. Duty of work is 37,5 hours per week if you are employed in a full (100%) position. 

At NTNU some units practice flexible working hours. This means that one, within certain limits, can decide when ones own working day starts and ends, but to the extent possible be carried out between 07.00 og 17.00 o’clock, Monday through Friday.

Overview of your flexible hours #

You have an overview of your hours where you register your working hours.

What the arrangement means #

  1. Core working hours is between 09.00-14.30 o’clock all year around, for employees who are subject to flexible working hours. Flexible working hours is a voluntary arrangement and cannot be imposed upon employees.
  2. Employer should ensure that meetings are held during core working hours, though single meetings can be held before or after this.
  3. External working hours is work hours from 06.00-09.00 og kl. 14.30-21.00 Monday through Friday, throughout the year. Plus hours can only be aggregated within these points of time.
  4. You can work maximum 12 hours during a working day, or 48 hours a week. 
  5. At the NTNU the settlement period is normally 12 months, and must not be less than 6 months.
  6. You can transfer maximum 50 plushours or 10 minus hours to the next settlement period. If you have more than 10 minus hours, there will be a deduction of salary. Plus hours exceeding 50 hours by the end of the year, will be deducted without compensation.  
  7. You need to agree on how to take the time off in advance with your leader in each single case. This needs to happen in due time before the settlement period is over. Unless you take the time off they are transferred to next year.
  8. You can use up to 24 days a year of the flexible hours if you have enough plus hours on your account. Part time employees can flex the number of days that corresponds with their contract.
  9. Plus hours and minus hours shall be completed before the last day in a termination of employment.
  10. For flexible working hours there is no payment, according to The common provisions § 15. It will be used as time off.

Does your unit concider using flexible working hours? #

The condition for entering such an arrangement is that the majority of the employees at your unit wishes to. This should be decided by a vote.

More information to be found in Særavtalen om fleksibel arbeidstid i staten (in Norwegian).

Where flexible working hours is not an appropriate measure  #

For some positions/units flexible working hours does not seem suitable. This applies for employees in leading positions or particularly independent posts, Working environment Act § 10-12. This also goes for employees who must carry out their tasks during set hours, such as in Campus services.

Individual arrangements #

If you have special needs that are not covered within the framework of this Special arrangement concerning flexible working hours, it is possible to agree on individual arrangements. This applies regardless of the existense of flexible working hours at your unit. Please contact your leader if this might be be an option for you.

Overtime vs flexible hours #

Working over time is not the same as flexible hours.

If your employer imposes overtime, meaning work in excess of planned working hours, this is overtime according to the Working enivironment Act  § 10-6 and The common provisions § 13 . Pålagt overtidsarbeid som etter avtale skal avspaseres og plusstimer i fleksitidsregnskapet, skal holdes adskilt.

Contact #

Please contact Human Resources (in Norwegian) if you have questions.

Edited 08.09.2020   

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