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Standard working hours for full-time employees in Portugal are 40 hours per week, with eight hours per day.
Most employees in Portugal work Monday-Friday.
The maximum number of working hours per week is 40. Beyond this, employees must generally be paid overtime rates.
Employees in Portugal working less than 75% of full-time hours are classed as part-time. This equates to 30 hours per week.
Any hours worked beyond eight hours per day or 40 hours per week are classed as overtime and must be paid at overtime rates.
The first hour of overtime is paid at 125% of normal salary. Following hours are paid at 137.5% (or as paid time off in lieu within three working days). Overtime during days off must be compensated at 150% of normal salary (or as paid time off in lieu within three working days).
No, but if the weekend is not part of normal working hours then overtime rates must be paid (150% of normal salary or paid time off in lieu within three working days).
No, Portugal does not have a four-day work week as standard. However, some employers do choose to offer this as a perk.
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Employees can work a maximum of 2 hours of overtime per day, for a total of 48 hours per week. The annual maximum overtime that employees in Portugal can work depends on the size of the company:
The pay rate for overtime in Portugal depends on the number of hours worked and the type of working day. Normally, overtime can be paid out in salary or in additional time off: