Working hours

On this page you will find information about work hours for employees at NTNU.

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Common working time regulations #

From 1 January 2017, NTNU introduced common working time regulations for all employees who have fixed or flexible working hours.

Regular working hours for state employees is 37.5 hours per week, or 7.5 hours per day if you have a full-time position at NTNU.

Working hours during summer and winter #

NTNU practice summer and winter time for all employees who follow the working time regulations of the main tariff agreement. The shorter working time from 1 May to 1 September compensates for the corresponding extension for the rest of the year, so that the working time per week, calculated on average througout the year, will not be shorter than before.

Winter time: 1 September–30 April, 08.00–15.45

Summer time: 1 May–31 August, 08.00–15.00

Core work hours #

Core work hours at NTNU are from 09.00–14.30. This applies to both summer and winter hours.

Work hours during public holidays #

As long as the workload allows it, employees at NTNU have time off work on the following days:

  • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
  • Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Eve, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day (6th Thursday after Maundy Thursday)
  • Whitsunday and Whitmonday (7th Sunday after Easter Sunday)
  • May 1
  • May 17
  • Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Second Christmas Day/Boxing Day

Wednesday, day before Maundy Thursday, work hours are 08.00–12.00

Register work hours #

All about registration of working hours.

Flexible work hours #

All about flexible work hours.

Overtime and time off in lieu #

Read all about overtime and time off in lieu.

Using your flexible hours, overtime and travel time #

Flexible hours, overtime and time spent travelling are calculated in three different ways.

  • Flexible hours can be accumulated as extra work hours and can be used to take time off from work. You are responsible for registering your extra work hours and can take time off this way for a maximum of 24 working days per year.
  • Accumulated overtime can, after agreement with your supervisor, be divided into smaller periods of time off work. You are responsible for registering your extra work hours.
  • Accumulated time spent travelling can also be used as extra time off work. You are responsible for registering your extra work hours.

These are three separate accounts for extra working hours; the three do not influence each other. This means that you can withdraw 24 days of accumulated flexible hours, in addition to accumulated overtime and accumulated travel time.

Lunch and breaks #

Most employees at NTNU have a 20 minute lunch break included in their work hours. If your work day is longer than 5,5 hours, you have the right to at least one break during the day.

If your work day is longer than 8 hours, you have at least 30 minutes of time for breaks.

If you are prevented from leaving your workstation during your break, the break is counted as part of your work hours. The same applies if you, during your break, have no access to a proper lunch room/common room.

If you are instructed to work more than two hours of overtime after regular work hours, you are entitled to a 30 minute break before the two hours start. This break also counts as part of your work hours. The break can be cut short or moved, if necessary.

Breaks are treated in:

Leadership and independent positions #

Some NTNU employees have positions that are exempt from regulations governing working hours, such as for the number of maximum number of work hours allowed per week. This is regulated by the Principal Agreement § 13-4 (in Norwegian) and The Working Environment Act §10-2.

See also memorandum "Requirements for sufficient documentation and verification of overtime" (Krav til tilfredsstillende dokumentasjon og kontroll av overtid; pdf, in Norwegian)

Work hours and travel time #

Domestic travels #

Travel time is the time you spend travelling from your workplace/home to your destination. Waiting periods during the journey is included. If you have several destinations to reach, the time you spend travelling between these is also counted as travel time. Time spent at hotels and similar establishments does not count as travel time.

If you are travelling during regular work hours, this is counted as work hours. If you are instructed to travel outside of regular work hours on weekdays you can register these hours and later take time off from work corresponding to the hours spent travelling.

International travels #

Business travels abroad are governed by specific regulations for compensation for work hours and travel time:

Legislation #

Master Collective Agreement §7 (in Norwegian) |Master Collective Agreement §8 (in Norwegian)

See also #

Norwegian government personnel handbook, section on working hours (in Norwegian)

Contact #

Overview of Human Resources personnel (in Norwegian)

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