Working at HiØ

Trial period

In general, all new employees are hired for a trial period of six months. A mutual period of notice of three weeks applies during this period. During the trial period, it is the duty of the superior officer to advise, supervise and evaluate the work carried out by the appointees. After the trial period is completed, you will have an evaluation talk with your manager.

Salaries and advance payment

Salaries are paid on the 12th of each month. If this date falls on a weekend or public holiday, the salary is paid on the last working day before the 15th. Payments to foreign accounts with IBAN and SWIFT (BIC) addresses take a few days longer than domestic payments.
The paid salary pertains to the entire calendar month, i.e. you receive 50 % of your monthly salary in arrears and 50 % in advance.

You find your payslips in the SAP Portal; section “Lønn”.

Advance payment

You need a Norwegian identification number (D-number or personal number) to get your ordinary salary payment from HiØ. If the application process for ID-number is delayed, you can apply for payment in advance. Advanced payment assume that you actually have been entered the position. The advanced salary will be deducted at your first ordinary payment, or by agreement.

Apply for advanced payment:

Tax deduction card

Foreign employees who are working in Norway will only receive a tax deduction card for the current year. At the start of the new year, the employee must apply for a new tax deduction card.

If you already have a Norwegian identity number and have previously met in person for an identity check at one of our tax offices, you will not have to meet again. If so, you can just contact Skatteetaten, telephone 800 80 000, or +47 22 07 70 00 from abroad.

Working hours

The working hours for the academic staff are 40 hours per week.
The working hours for the technical and administrative staff are divided in wintertime and summertime. 30 minute lunch time is included in the working hours. In wintertime the normal working hours are 7,75 hours per day (38,75 hours per week) going from 15th of September until 14th of May.

In summertime the normal working hours are 7 hours per day (35 hours per week) starting from May 15th to September 14th. Employees in technical and administrative positions, except maintenance and cleaning staff, have flexible working hours.
Flexible working hours mean that employees can organize their time within the standard working hours of 37.5 hours per week. The core working hours are from 9:00 to 14:30.


Employees are entitled to five weeks' holiday, i.e. 25 workdays. Employees over 60 are entitled to one extra week’s holiday. The employer decides when holidays can be taken, but the employee's wishes will be given due consideration.

Extra days off for employees over 62

Employees over the age of 62 can apply for up to 14 days off per year. Employees in part-time jobs are given a corresponding amount of time off.


Being a state-owned institution, Østfold University College enrolls its employees in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Norwegian: statens pensjonskasse). Members of the Fund are entitled to retirement pension of up to 66 percent of their contribution to the institution, dependent on the years they have worked in the public sector.