Employees in Norway
- Opening Hours
- Legal Weekly Duration
- 35,5 hours for shift workers and 37,5 hours for others. This includes a half an hour lunch break.
- Maximum Duration
- Allowed overtime per year, week and day is strictly regulated. Overtime is limited to 10 hours per week and 25 hours in a four-week period. Yearly overtime for an employee cannot be over 200 hours. Maximum length of a single work-day is 13 hours. In exceptional cases, and after approval by the authorities, more overtime can be used.
- Night Hours
- Night hours are between 9 pm and 6 am. Night work is permitted only for defined activities that cannot be performed during day time.
- Working Rest Day
- Weekly rest day is Sunday. Working on Sundays is allowed only by special permission or agreement with a labor union.
- Paid Annual Vacation
- Legal minimum is four weeks plus one day of continuous holiday (25 working days off). Employees age 60 and older are entitled to have at least five weeks of vacation. It's a common practice that high-level employees get 31 days off.
- Retirement Age
- Official retirement age is 67, but early retirement is allowed at 62. Employees have the right to continue working until the age of 70.
- Child Labor and Minimum Age For Employment
- 15 years.
- Informal Labor Market
- In 2001 undeclared work amounted to approximately NOK 11 billion.
The Cost of Labor
- Minimum Wage
- There is no legally mandated national minimum wage.
- Average Wage
- In 2006 average wage was NOK 30,600 per month.
- Other Forms of Pay
- Pay For Overtime
- 40%. However, in practice, many employees get 50%.
- Pay For Rest Days Worked
- Working on Sundays is allowed only in special cases. Compensation may vary according to collective or regional agreements.
- Pay For Night Hours
- Night work is permitted only in specially defined cases. Pay may vary according to collective or regional agreements.
- Pay For Overtime at Night
- Night work is permitted only in special defined cases. Pay may vary according to collective or regional agreements.
Social Security Costs
- The Areas Covered
- All residents in Norway are covered by the National Insurance Act. This national insurance scheme covers unemployment benefits, medical treatment, sickness benefits after 16 days, maternity benefits, child benefits and support during the illness of children and pensions. National insurance is financed with contributions from employers, employees and government.
Contributions Paid By the Employer: Varies regionally, between 0 and 14,1 %.
Contributions Paid By the Employee: 7,8 %.
- Competent Organization
Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration
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