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How to get a job in Denmark

As a person displaced from Ukraine, you do not have to wait for your residence permit before finding and starting a job. Find out how to get started with your job search.

Step 1: Before your job search

Before you start searching for a job, a few things must be in place in order for you to get your salary and pay taxes.

Step 2: Finding a job

This involves sending an application to a potential employer or looking up companies to offer your services.

Step 3: Getting a job

Once you have applied for a job, the company will usually either offer you an interview for the position or inform you that it has been taken by someone else.

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About the Danish labour market

In Denmark, pay and working conditions are primarily regulated through collective agreements (i.e. agreements between trade unions and employers) or individual employment contracts between you and your employer. However, Danish law also regulates things such as the working environment, maximum weekly working hours and rest periods.

It is therefore important that you are aware of the following:

  • Contract: When you are hired by an employer, both you and the employer must sign a contract, which is a document that sets out your rights and obligations in relation to your future workplace.

  • Working hours: Are the working hours reasonable in relation to your pay? As a general rule, working hours are established in a collective agreement, and in full-time jobs, a normal working week is 37 hours in the vast majority of sectors in Denmark.

  • Pay: There is no statutory minimum wage in Denmark. Wages/salaries are agreed between employees and employers based (mainly) on the collective agreement covering that sector. Collective agreements are agreements reached between employer organisations and trade unions. If you join a trade union, you can discuss your wage/salary with them.

  • Other considerations: Employees in the Danish labour market are entitled to a number of other benefits besides pay, such as sick pay, paid leave and holiday allowance.

You can always contact a union about your employment. The union can provide advice and information on your pay and working conditions. Employers are not allowed to try to prevent you from joining a trade union.

PDF: Know your rights and obligations (workindenmark.dk)

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