Working hours

Working hours

The university’s working and rest hours are set out in the CAO. It is also possible to arrange for flexible working hours to make it easier for you to combine your professional and private life.


You are obliged to observe the working and rest hours that are set out in Article 4.2 of the CAO, which states that you may not work more than five days a week. These days must also be successive, if possible. When setting your working hours, the university aims to take your personal circumstances into consideration as much as possible.

Variable working week

It is possible to arrange more flexible working hours with your employer, or consult with your supervisor on altering the number of hours you work per week. A full-time working week consists of 38 hours, which may be shortened or lengthened in exchange for more or less leave. Your employer may decline such a request if it conflicts with the interests of the university’s operations or if you participate in the Vitality Pact. Article 5.6 of the CAO outlines the remaining conditions and Appendix G contains an overview of possible alternative arrangements and the associated consequences for leave.

Night shifts

A night shift refers a situation where you work for more than one hour between the hours of 00.00 and 06.00.


Are you 57 or older? If you are, you will be able to apply for an exemption from working night shifts as of 1 January 2025. Your exemption request must be submitted to your employer at least three months before the date from which you want the exemption to apply.


Your employer will make a decision on your request within three months. If you do not receive a response from your employer, you can assume that your request has been granted.


Your employer may also choose to exempt a certain group or groups of employees who have reached the age of 57 from working night on-call shifts and night overtime. This can vary from one employer to another. The night-shift scheme for 57-year-olds is explained in more detail in Article 4.2, Paragraphs 9-13, of the collective labour agreement.

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