What is the holiday pay and days off?

Normal working hours are 40 hours a week and must be eight hours a day from Monday to and including Friday, and daily working hours must be between 8 am and 5 pm.

  • From 5 pm to 9 pm: 35%
  • From 9 pm to 8 am: 60%
  • Saturdays all day: 65%
  • Sunday and holidays all day: 100%

Please note that overtime on Saturday is from midnight, and the overtime on Sunday is 100% until midnight. If the work continues after midnight, then the overtime continues until normal time starts again.

If the work starts in the summer half of the year (the summer half of the year is from 1 May to 31 October) before 4 am and in the winter half of the year before 5 am, then there is no reduction in the wage until there is a possibility to sleep (sleeping is being off the workplace for no less than 6 hours).

Example: If the work begins e.g., at 9 pm and lasts until 3 am and starts again at 8 am to 5 pm, then overtime 2 must be given for the entire second day, because the agreement states that you must be off work for at least six hours.

May 1st, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are full holidays. Flag day, Easter Eve, Whitsun and 1 November are half holidays. On half holidays work stops at noon. Urgent work that is done on 1 May, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and after noon on these days is remunerated with double normal wage for the duration of the holiday.

In addition to these days off and 5 week’s summer holidays, workers also have the right to 5 days off without pay, which can be arranged together with the employer.