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Your rights on a Danish building site

Welcome to Denmark. Employees at Danish workplaces have a number of rights that are laid down in collective agreements for each trade group. In case you work for a company, which is covered by a collective agreement, you have the same rights as your Danish colleagues.

Collective agreements 

In Denmark it is not the government but the social partners that agree upon the regulations of the labour market. The regulations are written in an agreement between your union and an employers’ organisation/your company. 

In Denmark there is no statutory minimum wage. Therefore, you always need to know for which company you work, and whether your employer has a collective agreement. In this regard your local union is always available with help and guidance. 

Employment contract

In Denmark you must have an employment contract containing:

  • Name 
  • Address 
  • Telephone number 
  • CPR/CVR-number 
  • Type of pay – hourly or piecework 
  • Date of commencement 
  • Info regarding the collective agreement 
  • The employment contract must be signed in two copies by your employer and yourself. 

Minimum wage

The wage is agreed upon between you and your employer based on the collective agreement. The minimum wage depends on your trade group. Remember that the minimum wage only is the starting point for the negotiation. In the box below you find some of the rates, applying from March 2017 until February 2018.

Trade group  Hourly minimum pay rates from March 2017
Concrete worker/Steel fixer  122,15 DKK/16,30 € 
Pipe fitter  125,60 DKK/16,75 € 
Bricklayer   144,74 DKK/19,30 € 
Carpenter  121,90 DKK/16,25 € 
Painter   123,85 DKK/16,50 €
Electrician   127,20 DKK/17,00 €
Plumber   125,60 DKK/16,75 €

Pay checks 

Each employee working for a company covered by a collective agreement must receive a paycheck at every payroll. The paycheck must include information such as hourly pay, working hours, overtime pay, sick pay, holiday pay, pensions pay and compensation for loss of earnings on public holidays. If you see “on-account amount” on your paycheck, you must check whether it corresponds to the amount that has actually been paid out to you in cash. 

Working hours 

Working hours are normally fixed at 37 hours per week and must lie between 06:00 and 18:00 from Monday till Friday. Other working hours must be agreed in writing between employee and employer. Remember to keep a record of how many hours and where you work. Write it down in a calendar or keep a copy of the weekly timesheet that you submit to your employer. 

Overtime and weekend work

If you work more than 37 hours a week or on the weekend, you are normally entitled to extra payment in addition to your hourly pay. Typically, you get +50 % payment for the first three hours of overtime and +100 % for the rest. Remember that you must receive payment for ALL the hours you work. If you have made special working agreements with your employer with more than 37 hours a week, it is always a good idea to get help from the union to look them through. 

Occupational pension 

If your employer is a member of an employers’ organization or is covered by an accession agreement, you are covered by a pension scheme. The total contribution is in most cases 12 % of your total monthly pay, of which you must pay 4 % yourself, while the rest is paid by your employer.

Many pension funds offer a healthcare scheme which means that you may have access to free treatments such as massage or physiotherapy. There is also a rage of insurances associated with your pension e.g. in case of your death or critical illness. Ask your union about the rules for your company.


According to Danish law you have the right to allowance during holiday. The allowance is calculated on the basis of your pay in the previous year and is equivalent to 12.5% of your pay. The vesting period is from january 1 until December 31. The holiday period is from May 1 until 30 the following year.

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(The tekst is taken from BAT-kartellet)