Work and free time in non-military service

Working hours


  • At service place you must comply with the working hours specified within the general working hours of the place.
  • Working time is equated to the working time of an employee doing the same or similar work.
  • Regular working hours are minimum 36 hours per week and maximum 40 hours per week. Weekly working hours do not prevent equalization of working time for agreed equalization periods.
  • To non-military servant the collective bargaining is not applied for the work in question.
  • Non-military servant is entitled to similar day offs on bank holidays as the other employees of the service place.
  • If you are assigned to overtime more than 40 hours per week, you must be given the time off as soon as possible. The time off must be the same amount as the overtime was.
  • On-call, when you are required to stay in the accommodation to be called for work, is counted as working time, so that two hours of on-call equals one hour of working time. It does not matter what time of day or what day of the week the work, overtime or on-call is done.
  • Traveling time on business trips is counted as working time.
  • Working time does not include mealtime.
  • The daily travel between the accommodation and the service place is not included in working hours. The length of the travel must be reasonable.


Free time


  • You cannot collect free time to be spent at the end of your service period.
  • You have a right to adequate leisure time for rest and recreation.
  • Other time than 36-40 hours service per week, is your free time.
  • Regular weekly leave is usually determined in the same way as for the other employees performing similar tasks at the service place.
  • Any occupation, business, gainful employment, or study undertaken by non-military servant in his or her free time must not interfere with the performance of the service obligation. The neglect of the service obligations can be treated as a disciplinary matter.


Other things to consider


  • The work performed by a non-military servant is subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
  • The Occupational Health Act applies to non-military service, unless otherwise provided in the Civil Service Act.
  • Work at the service place may not be performed for a salary or a fee.