Regulations regarding second jobs

A second job or external work, includes both paid and unpaid engagements, or committee work that you may undertake outside of your normal job at NTNU. This also applies to businesses you own or that you are part owner of.

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What is external work?

NTNU wants to provide a basis for employees to participate in the community. A second job or other work outside NTNU can give you knowledge, engagement and motivation that can strengthen your work at NTNU.

External work includes both paid and unpaid engagements as well as positions such as committee work outside your job at NTNU. It also includes any business that you own, or where you are a co-owner.

Why do you need to register external work?

To ensure transparency in our activities, all employees are asked to register external work such as second jobs and committee positions outside NTNU.

In some cases, external work may be in conflict with your job at NTNU, for example in relation to impartiality, intellectual property rights, use of resources or work capacity. In these cases, the external work must be approved by your manager.

How do you register external work?

Use the new Self-Service portal - more information about the Self-Service Portal.

When can NTNU employees undertake additional employment (pdf) | Guidelines regarding NTNU employees' additional employment (pdf)

What kind of external work needs to be approved? 

Most external work will not be a problem. Your manager must consider and approve external work that

  1. must be done during normal working hours.
  2. involves the use of NTNU’s resources.
  3. might involve a conflict of interests or resources between you/your client and NTNU.
  4. might compete with NTNU’s own activities.
  5. involves a long-term or extensive commitment.
  6. might create doubts about your impartiality.

Key principles for considering permission to do external work

You have the right to do a second job for another employer or run your own business. But you may not take external work that

  1. is forbidden.
  2. is governed by regulations or agreements that you are supposed to avoid.
  3. limits or hinders your ordinary work, unless you have special instructions or permission to do the external work.
  4. requires you to work with or contribute to disloyal competition with NTNU.
  5. causes a potential conflict of interest that could regularly disqualify you for your NTNU assignments.
  6. might put you at risk of a loyalty conflict with NTNU.
  7. involves using trade secrets or research secrets in a disloyal way.
  8. damages your position or NTNU’s reputation.

Appeal against a decision

You can appeal to the Sidegjøremålsnemnda (the appeals committee for decisions on external work) against a decision on whether you can do external work. How appeals of decisions on external work are handled (in Norwegian).

Relevant regulations