Working time and absences

Working hours

Teaching and research staff

The annual workload for teaching and research personnel is 1,624 hours. An employee is responsible for his/her own working hours and its use for the tasks in the working plan. If necessary, a superior and an employee will examine the implementation of the working plan and work results within the framework of the total workload during a term.

Each employee will prepare a working plan in co-operation with his/her superior each year. In preparing the working plan, consideration will be given to the person's participation in teaching, research and other tasks.

A unit's working plans should be coordinated so that each person in turn will have an opportunity for a research period free from teaching and administrative work.

The working plan should take into account any longer leaves of absence, such as a parental leave, which may have a substantial impact on the content of the working plan. Following longer leaves of absence, the implementation of the working plan prior to the leave of absence will be reviewed and any necessary changes to the working plan will be made. If, once the academic year is underway, a new task is agreed upon that cannot be considered to be included in the overall task assignments already detailed in the working plan, the working plan shall be revised to accommodate the new task.

Other personnel

The regular number of working hours is an average of no more than 7 hours and 21 minutes per day and 36 hours and 45 minutes per week.

Annual holiday

Other personnel

The regular number of working hours is an average of no more than 7 hours and 45 minutes per day and 36 hours and 45 minutes per week.

Those persons who are subject to the working time regulations for teaching and research personnel are subject to regulations concerning annual holiday in universities' collective agreement only with regard to holiday pay. Holiday pay is paid in connection with July salary. Holiday pay is determined according to the salary that the person in question receives in June.

Holiday pay for a salaried employee is:

  • 4% of the salary for the month preceding the month in which holiday pay is paid times the number of full months on which holiday pay is based if the employee has been employed by the present employer or another university for less than a year at the end of the year on which holiday pay is based.
  • 5% of the salary for the month preceding the month in which holiday pay is paid times the number of full months on which holiday pay is based if the employee has been employed by the same employer, another Finnish university or research institute comparable to a university or university hospital for at least a year.
  • 6% of the salary for the month preceding the month in which holiday pay is paid times the number of full months on which holiday pay is based if the employee before the beginning of the holiday period (no later than 31 May) has been in employment entitling the employee to holiday pay for at least fifteen years.


In calculating the 15-year employment period full-time employment will be taken into account:

1. in the service of the employing university,

2. in the service of another Finnish university,

3. in the service of the Finnish state, excluding time in military service or alternate service, crisis management and peacekeeping tasks or leave other than sick leave or family leave according to Chapter 4 section 1 of the Employment Contracts Act and

4. in the service of another employer in Finland or abroad in tasks insofar as these are of essential benefit in performing the employee's tasks.

At the start of employment an employee must list previous work experience that the employee wants to be taken into account in granting annual holiday benefits.

Sick leave

An employee has the right to miss work if he/she is unable to perform tasks because of disability owing to sickness or a handicap or injury. The matter must be reported immediately to the employer.

The paid part of sick leave is as follows:

Length of employment


Maximum length of sick leave

under 1 month


1+9 weekdays, 50% of salary

1 month - less than 1 year


40 calendar days a year and after that 75% of salary up to a maximum of 365 calendar days

1 year - less than 5 years


50 calendar days a year and after that 75% of salary up to a maximum of 365 calendar days

5 years -


60 calendar days a year and after that 75% of salary up to a maximum of 365 calendar days


If an employee transfers from one university to another university or a research institute comparable to a university or a university hospital, previous work experience will be taken into account in the length of employment in calculating the paid part of sick leave.

Other absences

Paid days off:

  • 50th and 60th birthdays
  • own wedding day and registration of partnership day
  • day of a close relative's funeral
  • maximum of one day owing the death of a family member
  • sickness of a family member besides a child who is under the age of ten or disabled if leave is necessary to arrange or provide care
  • call-up day