The freedom to do what you want outside of work is extensive, but not infinite. Secondary employment that may undermine confidence, impede work, or compete with the University’s operations falls under what you as an employee at the University are not permitted to do. As of April, there is a new document containing the University’s regulations concerning secondary employment. The rules are not new, but clearer. What is new, however, is that secondary employment should be reported in the Primula system, as previously this information was made available at each department. All employees should confirm in Primula that they have read the regulations.

“This gives us a central overview, and our internal auditors, as well as the Swedish National Audit Office, can easily go in and review the information. This will make everything easier to check and follow up,” says Pernilla Lundblad, employment lawyer at the Human Resources Office.

Teachers obligated to report

Under the Higher Education Act, teachers have a special right to take on secondary employment relating to research and development, but they also have a special obligation to report all secondary employment relating to their subject area. Even teachers who do not have any secondary employment should report this in the system. Other employees need only provide details of secondary employment at the employer's request.

“Illustrative examples of unauthorised secondary employment are an environmental researcher moonlighting for an oil company, or an examiner offering private lessons to his or her students for payment. These are unlikely but clear examples,” says Pernilla Lundblad.

The head of department/equivalent decides whether or not a secondary employment is permitted. In difficult cases, the head should turn to the Human Resources Office for advice and support.