Working time

Daytime work of shop workers

Active working time in daytime work, i.e. the time actually worked by shop workers, excluding meal and refreshment breaks, shall be 36 hours and 35 minutes per week. Daytime work shall be from 09:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday. If workers take their contractual refreshment breaks, then working time shall be lengthened accordingly in which case weekly working time shall be 39½ hours. Working time shall be arranged by agreement between employees and employer according to what is considered suitable in each individual place of work.

Daytime work of office workers and salesmen

Active working time in daytime work, i.e. the time actually worked by office workers and salesmen, excluding meal and refreshment breaks, shall be 36 hours and 15 minutes per week. If workers take their contractual refreshment breaks, then working time shall be lengthened accordingly in which case weekly working time shall be 37½ hours. Working time shall be arranged by agreement between employees and employer according to what is considered suitable in each individual place of work, with an extension of daytime work before 09:00, after 17:00 and/or shorter lunch breaks.

After-hours work, overtime and work on major public holidays.

  • After-hours work is work of any type carried out outside the ordinary daytime working period, and also on Saturdays and Sundays, and also on all public holidays listed in Article 2.3.1 of the Collective Agreement up to 171.15 hours (162.5 hours in the case of office workers) each month.
  • Night time work is work of any type carried out between the hours of 0.00 and 7:00 and also on Saturdays and Sundays, and also on all public holidays listed in Article 2.3.1 of the Collective Agreement up to 171.15 hours (162.5 hours in the case of office workers) each month
  • Overtime work is work of any type carried out outside the ordinary daytime working period, and also on Saturdays and Sundays, and also on all public holidays listed in Article 2.3.1 of the Collective Agreement, in excess of 171.15 hours (162.5 hours in the case of office workers) each month.
  • Work on major public holidays is work done on major public holidays. Holidays are all the feast-days of the National Church of Iceland and Maundy Thursday, Easter Monday, the First Day of Summer, 1 May, Ascension Day, Whit Monday and Boxing Day. Major public holidays are New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Day, Whit Sunday, 17 June, the August Bank Holiday, Christmas Day and the periods after 12:00 noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  • When work is done on Saturdays and Sundays, payment shall be made for a minimum of 4 hours at after-hours/overtime rates, even if the period worked is actually shorter.

Daily rest period

Working time shall be arranged in such a way that during each 24-hour period, starting from the beginning of the working day, the employee receives at least 11 hours’ continuous rest. If possible, this daily rest period shall include the period between 23:00 and 06:00. Work may not be arranged in such a way that the working period exceeds 13 hours.

Weekly day off

During each 7-day period, the employee shall have at least one weekly day off work, which shall be in direct sequence with the daily rest period. For this purpose, the week shall be taken as beginning on Monday.