The Work school

The Hafnarfjörður Work School offers fun and educating jobs for teenagers in the town.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the Work School? 

All teenagers living in Hafnarfjörður who will turn 14–17 years’ old during the year can apply for work at the Work School. Teenagers who are ahead of their peers in primary school can start a year earlier in the Work School. You still have to be at least 13 years old in accordance with the Regulations on the Work of Children and Teenagers.

Is there a lunch break?

Yes, the lunch break is between 12:00 and 13:00. In addition, there are two coffee breaks, before noon at 10:00–10:15 and in the afternoon at 14:00–14:15.

When is salary paid?

The first payout is on 6th of July, and the second payout is on 6 August. If anything is unpaid, it will be paid on 1st of September.

What is the salary period?

It is the period that is paid for at the end of each month.

At the Work School, the salary period is from the 20th of each month to the 19th of the next month. So work done from 20 May to 19 June is paid out at the end of the following month (1st of July).

Where does the salary go?

The salary is deposited in your own bank account, all your bank account information must therefore be included in your application. Only your personal bank account may be used.

What is electronic tax-free income allowance?

Everyone aged 16 and over receives a tax-free income allowance called personal tax credit. Everyone gets the same amount as a discount, which is then deducted from the amount to be paid in tax. All teenagers over the age of 16 must send information to on how to use the personal tax credit. If you are using your tax card at another workplace, you will have to include this information as well as the manner in which you want to divide your personal tax credit between workplaces.

Where to attend?

As a rule, youngsters are assigned to teams close to schools, unless otherwise requested in their application. The team leader calls the week before work starts and tells you where to meet on the first day.

Is it possible to change teams? 

No changes are made to the teams during the first few days. After that, each team leader decides on changes to their teams. If there is a request to move a teenager to a different team, the parent or guardian must contact the relevant team leader.

What to do if you are ill?

Parents or guardians must report absences to the Work School office.