Weekly working time must not exceed an average of 48 hours a week. This is calculated over a reference period of 17 weeks. If a workplace agreement is in place between employers and employees, this can be extended to a period of 26 weeks.

A maximum working time of 60 hours can be performed in any single week as long as the average 48 hour week isn’t exceeded.

Breaks and Periods of Availability (POA) do not count as working time


Night work is limited to a period of 10 hours working time in a 24 hour period.

Night work is classed as between 00:00 – 04:00 hrs.

The 10 hour working time limit can be exceeded under a collective or workforce agreement.

Working Time Directive