In Sweden your working hours may be affected by whether you have “semesteranställning” or “ferieanställning”. Your working time is regulated by law and by the collective agreement.
If your contract is a “semesteranställning” you will work all year, except when you take your holiday (minimum 25 days per year under Swedish law). Your working time is governed by the law, under which you will be required to work an average of 40 hours a week.
If you are employed on a “ferieanställning” contract, which is common in compulsory and upper secondary schools, you work during the academic year and have holiday when the students have their summer holiday and in some cases also during their Christmas holiday. Your working time is compressed and spread across two terms, with the rest of the time made up of the summer holiday (which includes your holiday) and the Christmas break. The annual working time is thus the same as for other employees, generally between just over 1760 and 1800 hours a year, depending on the collective agreement and other factors.
How does overtime work?
Do you have questions about your working time, the rules for working overtime, working at the weekend or when to take breaks? Contact Membership Services for help in understanding the relevant collective agreement. Please call our Membership Services at phone number (+46) 0770 33 03 03 or by filling in the form.
Time for teaching, other duties and non-regulated working hours
Teachers used to have mandatory teaching duties (undervisningsskyldighet – USK) in the school subjects. Such regulation no longer exists for teachers in Sweden. The intention now is for all the teachers' duties required by the employer to be contained within the regulated working hours. As a teacher in Sweden, you thus don’t have a regulated number of teaching hours. There is an exception to this norm: Internationella Engelska Skolan (IES), which has a local collective agreement within the company that includes regulated teaching hours.
If you have a “ferieanställning” contract, there are two elements to your working hours: regulated working hours and non-regulated working hours. Of the annual working time for a “ferieanställning”, 1360 hours are regulated over a span of 194 working days, while the rest are non-regulated. The employer has complete control over the regulated working time.
The non-regulated hours is the time that the employee is able to organise personally and is distributed over the entire year. Non-regulated working time is intended for pre- and post-teaching work, some spontaneous student and parent contact and a certain amount of in-service training.
Part of this system of non-regulation involves ensuring that you do not work too much. There is no question of overtime within the non-regulated hours.
In Sweden, parents are entitled to parental leave of 480 days for each child. At forsakringskassan.se you can find out more about the rules of parental leave for employees.
You must notify your employer of the parental leave two months in advance (three months if you are employed by a public school) or as soon as possible, according to the law, before your parental leave. If you have further questions about parental leave, you are welcome contact Membership Services at phone number (+46) 0770 33 03 03 or by filling in the form.
There are benefits and obligations regarding sick leave that are worth knowing of in the law and in the collective agreements. The authority that handles sickness benefit is called Försäkringskassan.
Lärarnas A-kassa is closely linked with Lärarförbundet. This is an unemployment insurance scheme that pays out if you become unemployed, given that you have been a member for 12 months or more before you become unemployed. It is a useful insurance scheme to have in case of sudden unemployment. English speakers can contact Lärarnas A-kassa via telephone.
Membership of Lärarnas A-kassa is not automatically included in your membership of Lärarförbundet, but must be applied for separately. Membership of Lärarnas A-kassa costs SEK 100 per month. In order to receive a payout from Lärarnas A-kassa, you need to be signed up with the Employment Office, Arbetsförmedlingen.