The standard workweek is forty hours spread over five days, but a six-day workweek is possible. Throughout the summer, many businesses open at 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. and remain open until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m., with a noon break in the middle of the day. Employees may not work more than 48 hours per week without the employee's consent, and work beyond 40 hours requires the employee's consent.
Over a one-month period, work at night (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) may not exceed an average of eight hours out of 24. Employers who employ night workers on a regular basis must notify the Ministry of Welfare, Labor, and Social Insurance in writing and must provide night workers with medical examinations at the employer's expense prior to beginning night work to ensure their health. Additionally, the employer must ensure that night workers are examined on a regular basis while they continue to work at night.
Numerous workers in Cyprus are covered by collective bargaining agreements (probably half or more, although no official figure is available), and these agreements may specify specific working hours.
Overtime and other non-standard work arrangements are typically governed by a collective bargaining agreement, or if no collective bargaining agreement exists, the rate is typically negotiated between the employer and employee. Statutes apply in certain industries.