Hire employees in Denmark No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in Denmark, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
Denmark also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Denmark quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
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- Educational Scheme
- Worker Compensation Insurance
- Salary Guarantee Fund
- Parental Leave
- Labour Market Supplementary Pension
Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)
Official language: Danish
Payroll Cycle: Monthly
Paid Time Off
In Denmark, employees are entitled to 25 days of paid holiday a year and to a statutory holiday allowance of 1% of their gross salary and additional remuneration elements, to be paid as a lump sum in May. Holidays must be compensated at the end of the employment relationship by payment in lieu.
- New Year’s day - 1st January
- Maundy Thursday - 1st April
- Good Friday - 2nd April
- Easter Sunday
- Easter Monday
- Store Bededag - 30th April
- Ascension day -13th May
- Whitsun - 23rd May
- Whit Monday - 24th May
- Constitution day - 5th June
- Christmas day - 25th December
- 2nd Day of Christmas - 26th December
Additional holidays may apply according to Collective Agreements.
Individual Income Tax
The average depends on the yearly income of the employee:
- Income up to 592,193 DKK = 45-47%
- Above 592,193 DKK = 60%
Approximately, 1,200 DKK per month
Employment Contract Details
There are no specific rules governing the language for employment contracts as long as the employee understands the contract language. Bilingual wording is recommended for employees without the relevant language skills. Contracts must be in writing.
The maximum probation period is 3 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
There are no provisions regarding minimum salary stipulated in law.
Maximum working hours and overtime
The full-time working week in Denmark is typically 37 hours, distributed over 5 days.
Bonus and expense payments
Bonuses are fairly common in Denmark, although not mandatory. Bonus terms and amounts will differ widely depending on seniority, function and industry. It is good practice to outline bonus terms in writing.
- Maternity Leave: starts 4 weeks before birth and extends up to 14 weeks after childbirth. During this period, employees receive 50% of their salary, which is funded and paid by the government.
- Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 2 weeks of paternity leave, which must be taken within 14 weeks of childbirth.
Salaried employees receive payment during sickness from employers for the first 30 days. After this period, social benefits pay employees for up to 22 weeks. Non-salaried employees are not guaranteed paid sick leave. Any sick benefits should be stated in the employment contract. The maximum amount you can receive per hour is the maximum amount of sickness benefit (4,355 DKK) divided by the normal contractual number of hours worked per week (37 hours). You can therefore receive a maximum of 117.70 DKK per hour
Termination requirements for employees in
Termination for cause is allowed subject to certain conditions, the employer must provide justifiable cause otherwise the employee can appeal in court.
Severance payment depends on length of employment and varies from a minimum of 1 month’s salary after 12 years of employment to a maximum of 3 months’ salary for employment relationships lasting 18 years or more.
In Denmark, the notice period is based on the length of the labor relationship:
- Up to 3 months of employment - 2 weeks’ notice
- Up to 6 months of employment - 1 month’s notice
- Up to 3 years of employment - 3 months’ notice
- Up to 6 years of employment - 4 months’ notice
- Up to 9 years of employment - 5 months’ notice
- Over 9 years of employment - 6 months’ notice
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