Efling collective agreements with The association of welfare companies, SÍS, Reykjavík city and the state


A collective agreement was signed by the negotiation committee and chairman of Efling on June 18, 2020, pending a membership vote.

Voting begins at noon on Monday, June 29, and ends at noon on Thursday, July 2. The agreement takes effect if a majority of members accepts it and is effective from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2023.


What does the new SFV agreement provide?

  • On April 1, 2019, a retroactive raise of 17,000kr is added to the monthly wage. For those who have already gotten a 105,000kr payout, it will be deducted.
  • On April 1, 2020, a raise of 24,000kr for wage brackets 1-17, and 18,000kr for those above, comes into effect.
  • On January 1, 2021, a new wage table comes into effect. The new arrangement ensures that nobody in the wage brackets 1-17 gets less than a 24,000kr monthly raise. Others get a minimum raise of 18,000kr.
  • As of January 1, 2021, 251 million kr will be provided annually to review institutional contracts and to rearrange the wage table.
  • On January 1, 2022, the monthly wage rises by about 17,250kr.
  • Special clauses on working youths are dropped and young workers are categorized as other workers.

Overtime payments will be two-fold. On the one hand, 1.0385% of the monthly wage as before (Overtime 2) and on the other hand a lower overtime rate for working days between 8am and 5pm, up to 40 hours per week, at 0.9385% of the monthly wage (Overtime 1).

December bonuses:

  • 92,000kr in December 2019
  • 94,000kr in December 2020
  • 96,000kr in December 2021
  • 98,000kr in December 2022

Holiday bonus:

  • 50,000kr in June 2019
  • 51,000kr in June 2020
  • 52,000kr in June 2021
  • 53,000kr in June 2022

A shorter working week – day work

  • See Attachment 1 to the new agreement and a special presentation
  • A shortening of 13 minutes per day (65 minutes per week) is guaranteed as of January 1, 2021 without any reduction in pay or other rights.
  • With special agreements, workplaces can shorten the working week further, by up to 4 hours per week down to 36 active working hours.
  • A reduction to 36 hours requires surrendering control over the coffee breaks. However, food breaks are guaranteed.
  • Working groups of staff representatives and managers prepare an arrangement. On October 1, 2020, the result of these deliberations should be ready. They are voted on and can come into effect on January 1, 2021.

A shorter working week – shift work

  • See Attachment 2 to the new agreement and a special presentation.
  • The working week is reduced to 36 hours and can be reduced further to 32 hours.
  • The changes take effect on May 1, 2021.
  • Changes will be made to the structure of work and wages. The aim is to improve the health and safety of workers and improve their work-life balance, making the jobs in question more attractive.
  • See a special presentation.
  • The hours of shift workers outside daytime working hours, in accordance with the schedule, and within the required work quota, have different values when calculating the required amount of work hours – the work quota.
    • Each hour on a night shift is counted as 1.2 hours, or 72 minutes, in the work quota.
    • Each hour on workday evening and weekend daytime shifts are counted as 1.05 hours, or 63 minutes, in the work quota.
  • The annual work quota of regular shift workers shall generally be the same as for daytime workers. The equalization of work quota returns comes in place of holiday vacation rights and pay for holidays that fall outside the schedule.
    • The worker gets the vacation days at once and does not have to delay taking the vacation for a year.
    • The worker can ask for the vacation days to be collected and used together.
  • A shift incentive is added that is proportional to the monthly salary, and which is decided by how many and how various the shifts are, during the regular shift period.
    • The incentive assumes 42 hours of non-daytime work per month, and that various types of shifts are worked (daytime, evenings, workday nights and weekends), and that more than 14 shifts are worked per month.
  • The 25 minutes for coffee breaks are dropped.
  • See shift calculator: https://betrivinnutimi.is/vaktareiknir/
  • See Protocol 9 on workers who take shifts shorter than 8 hours.
    • New staff: Should be stated in job contract.
    • Older/current staff: Not necessary to sign a new contract, but a written agreement after a talk with the supervisor needs to be ready before May 1, 2021.
  • Everyone gets 30 days orlof per year.

The collective agreement of Efling and SFV applies to all members of Efling working in the following places

  • Dvalarheimilinu  Ás í Hveragerði
  • Grund Reykjavík
  • Mörk hjúkrunarheimili  Reykjavík
  • Hrafnistu Laugarási, Reykjavík
  • Hrafnistu Boðaþingi, Kópavogi
  • Hrafnistu Skógarbær, Reykjavík
  • Hrafnista Sléttuvegi, Reykjavík
  • Sjálfsbjargarheimilinu
  • Sunnuhlíð, Kópavogi
  • Seltjörn, Seltjarnarnesi
  • Sóltúni  Reykjavík
  • Eir Reykjavík
  • Skjól Reykjavík
  • Hamrar Mosfellsbæ
  • Hlíðarbær Reykjavík
  • Múlabær Reykjavík
  • Fríðuhúsi
  • Maríuhúsi
  • Drafnarhús
  • S.Á.Á. Reykjavík




SÍS - Icelandic Association of Local Authorities

What rights will the new agreement provide to Efling members within SÍS?

How big is the wage increase?

  • Everyone working full-time gets at least a 90,000 ISK increase, as per Lífskjarasamningurinn (Living Standards Agreement), in four steps. The first two steps – a 17,000 ISK monthly increase from 1 January 2020, and a 24,000 ISK monthly increase from 1 April 2020 – will be settled with the next possible salary payment, together with a single payment of 70,000 ISK for full-time work in the period from August to December 2019.
  • Those on the lowest wages get a special correction of up to a 15,000 ISK monthly increase, as of 1 April 2020. This special increase is smaller for higher wages, the lowest amount being 2,000 ISK.
  • Everyone gets a single payment equivalent to 1.5% of their total wages from a so-called Members Fund, on 1 February every year.
  • The December bonus increases by 3,000 ISK per year, and will be 124,750 ISK in 2022.
  • The holiday bonus increases by 1,000 ISK per year, and will be 53,000 ISK in 2022.

Shorter workweek

  • The workweek for daytime workers is shortened by 13 minutes per day (65 minutes per week) as of 1 January 2021.
  • Each workplace can come to an agreement to shorten the workweek by up to 4 hours per week, resulting in a 36-hour workweek, with changed lunch and coffee break arrangements.
  • The workweek for shift workers is reduced to 36 active working hours, and can go down to 32 hours in some cases.

What else does the agreement contain?

  • All workers under the SÍS agreement will now have a minimum of 30 paid vacation days.

Calculator – Wages under the new agreement with SÍS


Presentation with explanation


Reykjavík city

A collective agreement has been signed by the negotiations committee and the head of the union, pending a membership vote.

The agreement has been presented to union representatives.

Voting begins at noon on Monday, March 23, and concludes at noon on Friday, March 27.

The agreement is effective if a majority of members vote for it and is valid as of April 1, 2019, until March 31, 2023.

What will the agreement provide to Efling members working for the city?

How big is the raise?

  • Everybody gets at least 90,000kr as in the private sector agreements, in four stages. The first stage is a 17,000kr monthly raise beginning on April 1, 2019. This will be paid out as the agreement comes into effect, minus the 105,000kr that were paid out last fall.
  • Workers will receive an extra raise by on average 7,800kr due to changes in the wage table as of April 1, 2020.
  • The lowest paid workers will receive up to 15,000kr a month as an extra wage item as of April 1, 2020. This sum is lower for higher wages.
  • The 10 or 13 hour overtime payments in care work become fixed wage items. For those currently working in the city the amount paid will stay the same.
  • The December bonus rises by 3,000kr a year, up to 109,000kr.
  • The summer bonus increases by 1,000kr a year, up to 53,000kr.

Timeline of raises

A shorter working week

  • Daytime work is shortened by 13 minutes per day (65 minutes per week) as of January 1, 2021.
  • An agreement can be made in each workplace to shorten the working week by up to 4 hours a week, providing a 36 hour working week, with changed lunch- and coffee breaks.
  • The working week for shift workers becomes 36 active working hours and can in some cases be reduced to 32 hours.

What else does the agreement contain?

  • Experience in similar work is now considered valid also if it is gained outside the public sector.
  • Paid educational leave will not only be permissible, it now becomes a right after four years of work.
  • Education will count higher in your salary than before.
  • General workers in kindergartens get two hours’ preparation time per week.
  • Vacation days are now 30 days for all city workers.

Further information

A presentation with explanations


The state

What does the new collective agreement with the state provide?


  • As of April 1, 2019, wages rise by 17,000kr per month. This is paid retroactively when the agreement goes into effect, minus the 105,000kr sum already paid out.
  • On April 1, 2020, monthly wages rise by 24,000kr for wage categories 1-17 and by 18,000 for higher categories.
  • On January 1, 2021, a new wage table comes into effect. Everybody entering a wage category below 17 gets 24,000kr per month or more. Others get a raise of at least 18,000kr a month.
  • As of January 1, 2021, 85 million kr will be paid per year to review institutional agreements and rearrange wage tables.
  • On January 1, 2022, monthly wages rise by 17,250kr.
  • Time-measured piecework in cleaning is raised by:
      • April 1, 2019: 6,20%
      • April 1, 2020: 8,20%
      • January 1, 2021: 7,60%
      • January 1, 2022: 7,40%
  • Clauses on youth wages are dropped, and young workers receive the same wages as others.

Payments for overtime are split in two. Firstly 1.0385% of monthly wages as before (overtime 2) and secondly a lower overtime rate for work between 8am and 5pm, up to 40 hours a week, 0.9385% of monthly wages (overtime 1)

December bonus becomes:

  • 92.000 kr. í desember 2019
  • 94,000 kr in December 2020
  • 96,000 kr in December 2021
  • 98,000 kr in December 2022

Orlof becomes:

  • 50,000 kr in June 2019
  • 51,000 kr in June 2020
  • 52,000 kr in June 2021
  • 53,000 kr in June 2022

A shorter working week for daytime workers

  • See Annex 1 to the new agreement and a special presentation.
  • Working time is guaranteed to shorten by 13 minutes per day (65 minutes per week) as of January 2021 without any cuts to wages or other rights.
  • By workplace agreements, the working week can be shortened further, by up to 4 hours down to a 36 hour week.
  • A 36 hour working week requires a changed coffee break regulation. However, having time to eat will be guaranteed.
  • Working groups on working time, with representatives of workers and managers, will implement such an agreement. By October 1, 2020, a result should be ready. A vote will then take place before implementation is to begin on January 1, 2021.

A shorter working week for shift workers

  • See Annex 2 to the new agreement and a special presentation.
  • The working week is shortened and will be 36 hours, and can go as low as 32 hours.
  • Will be implemented on May 1, 2021.

Everybody gets 30 days’ orlof per year

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