Full-time employees officially work 38 hours per week. The average working week at Utrecht University, however, is a 40-hour week; as a result you accrue an additional 96 leave hours per year (i.e. 12 days). If you wish to work less than 40 hours per week, this can be discussed with the HR Department of your Faculty or Service Department.
In addition to your entitlement to holidays, Utrecht University also offers several other leave schemes and stipulations. The number of holiday-hours you are entitled to depends on your age and the number of hours you work per week. For further information please refer to Leave and Holidays - general.
Irregular Working Hours
Utrecht University may decide to deviate from the regular working hours if the University’s interests are at stake. Specific conditions apply to such situations. You cannot, for instance, be made to work on Sundays if you do not agree to this. In addition, special regulations exist for the compensation of overtime and of work carried out during unusual working hours.
Working Hours Act
Proper working and rest periods are essential both to employers and employees. This applies particularly to a flexible working environment, where evening and weekend shifts occur. For this reason, stipulations have been laid down about the number of hours a person is allowed to work per day and about their right to regular breaks.
These rules have been laid down in the new Working Hours (Adjustment) Act (v-ATW).