As a rule, travel time is not regarded as working time as defined in the Working Hours Act unless the travel itself is considered as work. On the other hand, the employer may not request the employee to use his or her free time for work-related travel.
Although travel time is not compensated on the basis of Working Hours Act, travel time may be compensated based on collective agreements or company policy. Collective agreements of managerial employees often prescribe very little on work-related travel. Practices vary between industries and companies, even between different departments of the same company.
Unless the Working Hours Act and collective agreement clearly regulate the compensation of work-related travel, it has to be agreed with the employer. Before signing your employment contract, find out whether your new job involves a lot of travelling and how work-related travel is compensated.
The compensation of travel time and work-related events should be agreed on in your workplace. Also think about the morning after a customer event – are you expected to be at work early in the morning after a long evening?
Most business school graduates travel in their work. It’s ok sometimes but travelling quickly becomes tiring if you have dozens of long trips a year. Compensation of travel time is not the only issue with travelling, it also has to do with recovery from work, especially if the number of your travel days reach the level of becoming very burdensome.