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Working Hours and Overtime Regulations

Understand the laws governing work hours and overtime in Andorra

Standard working hours

In Andorra, the law establishes a standard workweek of 40 hours, as stated in Article 31 of the Labour Code of Andorra (Codi de Treball d'Andorra). This typically translates to a daily workload of 8 hours. These regulations ensure a fair workweek for all employees in the country.


In Andorra, there may be situations where the standard workweek hours are exceeded, necessitating overtime work. The regulations and compensation for such work are as follows:

Overtime Allowance and Limitations

Overtime work in Andorra requires an agreement between the employee, who must be over 18 years old, and the employer. There are certain limitations to the amount of overtime that can be worked:

  • Weekly Limit: 15 hours
  • Monthly Limit: 50 hours
  • Annual Limit: 350 hours

Exceeding these limitations is prohibited.

Overtime Compensation

Overtime work warrants a pay increase on top of the employee's base salary. The increment varies depending on the number of overtime hours worked:

  • First 4 Hours: Minimum increase of 25%
  • Next 4 Hours: Minimum increase of 50%
  • Over 8 Hours: Minimum increase of 75%

These are the minimum guaranteed increases. Collective bargaining agreements or company policies may offer even higher compensation for overtime work.

Rest periods and breaks

Andorran labor laws prioritize employee well-being by mandating designated rest periods and breaks throughout the workday. Here's a breakdown of worker entitlements as per relevant legislation:

Daily Rest

Andorra mandates a minimum rest period of 12 hours between consecutive workdays. This ensures sufficient recovery time for employees before returning to work.

Breaks During the Workday

Workers are entitled to breaks during extended workdays to prevent fatigue and promote focus. The specific break duration depends on the total working hours:

  • Employees working for at least 6 hours uninterrupted are entitled to a paid break of at least 30 minutes.
  • For workdays exceeding 6 hours with interruptions, the rest period should be a minimum of 1 hour, although it may be unpaid.

It's important to note that collective bargaining agreements or individual employment contracts may specify break durations exceeding the minimum legal requirements.

Night shift and weekend regulations

Andorran labor law recognizes the potential challenges associated with night and weekend work. Here's an overview of the regulations governing these work schedules:

Night Shift Work:

  • Night Shift Definition: While the Andorran Labour Code doesn't provide a specific legal definition of "night shift," common practice defines it as work hours falling between 10 pm and 6 am.

  • Compensation: Night shift work warrants increased compensation on top of the base salary. The minimum wage for night shifts is 20% higher than the standard minimum wage.

Note: Collective bargaining agreements or individual employment contracts may offer even higher compensation for night shifts.

Weekend Work:

  • General Rule: The Andorran Labour Code guarantees employees at least one full day of rest per week. This rest day typically falls on a Sunday, but exceptions can be negotiated through collective bargaining agreements.

  • Weekend Work Allowance: Working on weekends may be permitted under specific circumstances, but such work should be compensated appropriately. The compensation method can involve either:

    • Increased pay.
    • Compensatory rest time granted in lieu of working on the weekend.

Important Note: Weekend work regulations might be subject to change based on industry or sector. It's advisable to consult with the Andorran Ministry of Labour or relevant industry associations for the latest regulations concerning weekend work in your specific field.

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