Rules on working time

Read about the key working time rules of the standard collective agreement

​You should be aware that these working time rules only apply to you if you are employed in a company where the SCA applies. If, for example, you are employed under another collective agreement, such as a corporate collective agreement, other working time rules may have been agreed for you. Contact your shop steward if you are in doubt about which collective agreement applies in your workplace.

Generally, the working time system of the SCA is built around these key provisions:

  • Working hours determined by the company (article 5)
  • Agreed working hours (article 6)
  • Extended agreed working hours (article 7)
  • Hour bank (article 11)
  • Flexitime (article 12)

Your working hours may be determined by the company according to the provisions of article 5 of the SCA. You and your manager may also choose to enter into a written agreement on work according to the provisions of article 6 of the SCA.

Alternatively, a local agreement may have been concluded between the company and the union representative about extended agreed working hours according to the provisions of article 7 of the SCA. Such local agreement allows you to enter into an individual written agreement about working hours according to the provisions of article 7 of the SCA.

Read more about articles 5, 6 and 7 of the SCA in the FA and Finansforbundet's (Financial Services Union Denmark) guidelines on working hours (PDF, Danish)

Working hours, flexitime and overtime/additional work

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What are my weekly/annual working hours?

Your annual working hours depend on the type of employee you are.

The SCA contains three different annual norms, depending on whether you are a financial employee, an IT employee or a shift worker.

The different types of full-time employees have the following annual norms:

  • Financial employees: 1,924 hours annually/ 37 hours weekly
  • IT employees: 1,872 hours annually/ 36 hours weekly
  • Shift workers: 1,690 hours annually/ 32.5 hours weekly

Please note that a local agreement may have been made to increase the IT employees' working hours from 36 hours to 37 hours weekly against payment.

What is flexitime?

Flexitime is your right to meet and leave earlier or later. All employees are entitled to flexitime (see article 12 of the SCA).

Flexitime and overtime/additional work must not be mixed up. Overtime/additional work is work in addition to an employee's fixed/agreed daily or weekly working hours and must be ordered by management, while flexitime is your right to meet and leave earlier or later.

So you cannot flex your way to overtime or additional work by meeting earlier or leaving later if it is at your own initiative.

Please note that in a great many companies local agreements have been made on flexitime between the company and the union representative. Consequently, it is a good idea to contact your shop steward to find out whether a local agreement has been made and what it contains.

Moreover, you can find a thorough description of the provisions on flexitime in the FA and Finansforbundet's guidelines on working hours.

Guidelines on working hours (PDF, Danish)

Who is covered by overtime and additional work, and what is the difference?

Overtime and additional work is work ordered in addition to your agreed/fixed daily or weekly working hours.

  • Overtime work: If you have chosen overtime work, you are entitled to five weeks' holidays. Overtime work is paid at the rate of your hourly pay plus 50% for the first three hours. Subsequently (and on Saturdays, Sundays and weekday holidays) overtime work is paid at the rate of your hourly pay plus 100%.
  • Additional work: If you have chosen additional work, you are entitled to six weeks' holidays. Additional work is paid at the rate of 1:1. 

    Who is covered by what rules?
  • Employees who are placed at pay level 1 of the SCA are generally covered by the rules on overtime work.
  • Employees who are placed at pay level 2 are generally covered by the rules on additional work.

However, you have the option of choosing whether you want to be covered by the rules on overtime or additional work at the time when you are employed and subsequently once a year.

Read more about the rules on overtime and additional work (PDF, Danish)

How does the hour bank work?

All employees in a company are entitled to an hour bank account.

You can find the rules on the hour bank in article 11 of the SCA and in the FA and Finansforbundet's guidelines on working hours

There you will find a thorough description of the hour bank rules, you can see what elements can be deposited on your hour bank account and what happens to your balance in the hour bank account in case of resignation or dismissal.

Guidelines on working hours (PDF, Danish)

Please note that in a great many companies local agreements have been made on an hour bank between the company and the union representative. Consequently, it is a good idea to contact your shop steward to find out whether a local agreement has been made and what it contains.

Rest hours and 24-hour rest periods

Read the rules on rest hours and 23-hour rest periods in the FA and Finansforbundet's guidelines on working hours and in the SCA's agreement on rest hours and 24-hour rest periods.

Guidelines on working hours (PDF, Danish)

Payment and supplements

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What supplements am I entitled to if the agreed/fixed working hours are changed?

Change of agreed/fixed working hours (article 8(3) of the SCA)

  • At the company's instance: You are entitled to a supplement of 50% of the hourly pay for working hours outside the planned working time if a change of the scheduling of working hours is agreed at a notice shorter than four weeks at the company's instance.

    If the change has the result that you must work on a planned work-free day, the supplement is 66 2/3% instead.

    You will only receive the supplement if it is agreed to change your planned working time. This means, for example, that you are not entitled to a supplement according to article 8(3) if you are given notice of overtime or additional work.

  • At your instance: No supplement is payable if the change of the scheduling of working hours is agreed at your instance.

What supplements apply for work at special hours?

Supplements for work at special hours (article 8 of the SCA)

The following supplements are paid for work on weekdays in case of agreed working hours at special hours:

  • From 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. a supplement of 45% of the hourly pay
  • From 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. a supplement of 25% of the hourly pay
  • From 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. a supplement of 45% of the hourly pay
  • From 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. a supplement of 65% of the hourly pay

The following supplements are paid for work on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays:

  • From 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. a supplement of 65% of the hourly pay
  • From 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. a supplement of 75% of the hourly pay

    In the event of sickness, holiday, etc. the usual supplements are paid.

What will I be paid if I work on a weekday holiday?

A weekday holiday is a public holiday falling on a weekday (Monday to Friday).

If you work on a weekday holiday, you are entitled to payment for the number of hours that you work during the day as well as supplements for the hours (see article 8(4) or article 13(6) of the SCA if you are a shift worker).

In addition, you are entitled to time off in lieu corresponding to the number of hours that you work on the weekday holiday (see article 4 of the SCA).

Further, you should be aware that a number of bank holidays are put on a par with work on a weekday holiday.

 

For part-time employees and employees with varying working hours

If you work part-time with reduced working hours in the form of whole days off, you are entitled to time off in lieu if your agreed day off falls on a weekday holiday. If you have varying working hours, and for example work in the evening/night or at weekends, you will have work-free days in your work schedule, for example because you have been at work during the weekend. If your work-free day falls on a weekday holiday, you are entitled to time off in lieu.

In both cases it must be agreed locally how the time off in lieu is calculated.

The time off in lieu is deposited in your hour bank account, unless otherwise agreed locally.

Find examples of payment for work on a weekday holiday (PDF, Danish)

Special rules

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What rules apply for machine-/system-dependent additional work?

The provisions regarding machine- and system-dependent additional work apply exclusively to IT employees who have chosen a sixth holiday week.

Machine- and system-dependent additional work is paid according to the below rates (per hour depending on the time of the additional work):

YearDayTimeDKK

1 July 2015

Weekdays

8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

456

1 July 2015 Saturdays and Sundays00:00 midnight to 12:00 midnight456
1 July 2015Weekday holidays00:00 midnight to 12:00 midnight456
1 July 2016 Weekdays8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.475
1 July 2016Saturdays and Sundays00:00 midnight to 12:00 midnight475
1 July 2016Weekday holidays00:00 midnight to 12:00 midnight475

What rules apply in case of special tasks?

Article 9 of the SCA

Find examples of special tasks and descriptions of how the rules should be interpreted and understood in practice in the FA and Finansforbundet's guidelines on special tasks.

Guidelines on special tasks (PDF, Danish)

What rules apply in case of shift work?

Section 13 of the SCA

Find out how the provisions on shift work should be understood and read provisions on rest hours and 24-hour rest periods in the FA and Finansforbundet's guidelines on working hours.

Guidelines on working hours (PDF, Danish)

What rules apply in case of on-call duty, call-out and consultation?

You can find the rules on on-call duty, call-out and consultation in article 19 of the SCA.

Find definitions and interpretation of the provisions on on-call duty, call-out and consultation as well as the provisions on rest hours and 24-hour rest periods in the FA and Finansforbundet's guidelines on working hours.

Guidelines on working hours (PDF, Danish)

What rules apply to participation in meetings and courses?

Find examples of how your participation in meetings and courses must be compensated in the FA and Finansforbundet's guidelines on participation in meetings and courses.

Guidelines on participation in meetings and courses (PDF, Danish)

Business travel

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What rules apply in case of business travel?

The travel time in connection with domestic and European business travel is paid as working hours.

Please note that only travel time exceeding your usual commute between home and work will be paid as working hours.

You can read more about the provisions on business travel in article 23 of the SCA.

Am I entitled to reimbursement of my travel expenses?

You are entitled to reimbursement of your travel expenses.

It is agreed locally how they are reimbursed. Contact your shop steward to hear more about what has been agreed in your company.

You can also read more about the provisions regarding business travel in article 24 of the SCA.

Questions about working hours?

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