We can help you to read through your contract before you sign it. We know your rights, and can advise you on what to look out for, and what you may be able to negotiate.
We can also advise you on wage levels, so that you at least know the general level to aim for when negotiating your starting pay. You can also use our online wage calculator to see what wage levels people with the same background as you are earning, based on parameters such as qualifications, sector, location and field of work.
You can also call us regularly for advice each time you are in doubt what rules may apply to you. That may include how many paid holidays you are entitled to, how to get the most out of your hour bank, and where you stand in relation to overtime and extra work.
You can also contact our local representative at your work. Your union representative has been trained by us, and will often be able to answer the most general questions on your rights and options. He or she will also know about any local agreements and rights that union representatives at your work have negotiated.
And finally, you ought to know about our unemployment fund (A-kasse), part of FTFa, to provide you with insurance against unemployment.
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Our unemployment fund – part of FTFa
The Danish labour market in general
As a supplement to any specific advice we can give you, it may be relevant to get a better understanding of how the Danish labour market works, as it also represents the foundation of your rights.
To many foreigners it comes as a surprise that Denmark has no legislation that dictates minimum wage or working hours. Moreover, firing employees is relatively easy and cheap for businesses. Even though pay and working conditions are not regulated by law, this does not imply that employers can do what they want. Instead, this is where collective agreements between trade unions and employers' organisations come into play.
In short, the Danish model builds on three pillars:
- Collective agreements between trade unions and employers' organisations
- Tripartite cooperation
- High degree of organisation
By European standards, the agreements on the Danish labour market are highly flexible, for instance with regard to hiring and firing of employees. This also means that mobility is high within the Danish labour market.
In return for their high level of flexibility, Danish employees are guaranteed a relatively comprehensive social security in times of unemployment, illness or occupational injury. Social security is guaranteed by law to all employees. The combination of high flexibility and comprehensive social security is why the Danish labour market is sometimes referred to as based on a "flexicurity model".
The flexibility and security also apply to foreign labour. The law ensures that foreign employees are given the same rights as Danes on the labour market when the relevant permits and contracts are present.
For more details on the Danish labour market and the flexicurity model, go to The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment (STAR) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment
The Danish labour market