Working in Denmark

New to the Danish labour market


When looking for future job opportunities, Denmark is a very appealing place to aim your sights at – especially for engineers. Salaries are high, the infrastructure is top notch, and companies generally offer generous benefit packages for employees.

The Danish labour market is to a great extent regulated by the various players in the labour market rather than by government legislation. Within a model popularly known as the Danish Model, the respective organisations of employees and employers reach voluntary agreements on pay and working conditions.

These agreements largely replace actual legislation and help ensure a peaceful and stable labour market. In addition, the trade unions also negotiate with the government – the so-called tripartite cooperation – about labour market policy on questions such as unemployment and insurance issues.

Danish companies usually have a very flat organisational structure, handing out a lot of responsibility to the individual engineer and his team. As a consequence, there is nothing wrong with taking issues and comments straight to the director or CEO.

Flexicurity

By European standards, the agreements on the Danish labour market are highly flexible, for instance with regard to working hours, overtime and hiring and firing of personnel. 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”.

Law applies to foreign labour

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.