Overtime (Övertid) and Additional Hours (Mertid)

Swedish law and local agreements determine how many hours you can work in addition to your regular working hours.

There may be some occasions when your immediate manager requests that you work more than your regular working hours. This might be because there is a temporary high workload that requires you to work more than usual.

Remember that your immediate manager must give you the directive to do overtime ahead of time. It is your immediate manager who decides if overtime is necessary.

Limited Overtime

  • If you have full-time employment, then you are allowed to work overtime up to a maximum of 50 hours per month or 150 hours per year.
  • If you work part-time, you may work a maximum of 200 additional hours (mertid) (time up to full-time) and overtime (övertid) in one year. Of these, a maximum of 175 hours can be worked as additional hours (mertid).

Different Types of Overtime (Övertid)

Enkel övertid (Standard Overtime)

  • Weekdays from 17.00 to 22.00

Kvalificerad övertid (Special Overtime)

  • Monday – Thursday after 22.00
  • Friday after 19.00
  • Saturday and Sunday
  • Monday 00.00-07.00

Type of Overtime Pay

  • You can receive compensation for overtime in two ways: time in lieu or money.
  • Enkel övertid is paid at one and a half times your regular hourly salary.
  • Kvalificerad övertid is paid at a rate of twice your regular hourly salary. 

Additional Hours (Mertid)

If you work part-time, you may be asked to work more hours than your contract stipulates. Any extra hours that you work that take you up to the equivalent of a full-time position are termed ‘additional hours’ (mertid). If you work hours in addition to a full-time position, these hours are counted as overtime (övertid).

You can receive compensation for mertid in two ways: time in lieu or money. One hour of mertid corresponds to one hour in lieu or one hour at your regular salary. 

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