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Employer of Record (EOR) in Denmark

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Denmark Introduction

Denmark is a Nordic country bordered by Germany. It is considered one of the most economically and socially developed countries in the world with a great quality of life. Denmark ranks highly in terms of social mobility, with a high level of income equality, the low corruption, and one of the world's highest per capita incomes.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 18 weeks of maternity leave, with 4 weeks before the due date and at least 14 weeks after childbirth. The leave is paid at 50% but the employer and employee can agree to a full wage entitlement.

Fathers receive 2 weeks of paternity leave before the due date and 14 weeks after. While there is no right to salary during this leave, the employee may receive some leave benefits from the Danish government.

Sick Leave

An employee is entitled to full pay when they are sick in Denmark, no matter their tenure or length of the illness. If the employee is sick for more than 30 days, the employer needs to apply for sick pay no later than 5 weeks after the first sick day.

Paid Leave

Denmark has 11 public holidays, and full-time employees have a right to 25 days of paid time off each year, accrued monthly at 2.08 days per month. Employees can also be eligible for adoption leave, parental leave, bereavement, or care leave.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

While there is no legal minimum wage in Denmark, collective bargaining agreements negotiate minimum wages. The average hourly minimum salary across all sectors is around DKK 110 per hour.

Termination Process

Process

Termination of an employee in Denmark has to come with written notice and proof that the notice was received. Employees who have been employed at least 1 year are protected against termination without cause which includes: reduction of staff, misconduct, unfitness for the job, or contract breach.

Notice Period

The notice period for a termination depends on the length of employment:

  • 0-6 months = 1 month
  • 6 months-3 years = 3 months
  • 3-6 years = 4 months
  • 6-9 years = 5 months
  • 9+ years = 6 months

Severance Pay

There are no laws on severance pay in Denmark. Nevertheless, employees continuously employed for 12 years or more are entitled to severance pay equivalent to 1 month’s salary. Employees continuously employed for 17 years or more are entitled to severance pay equivalent to three months’ salary.

Additional Information

While it’s not a legal requirement to pay a 13th-month salary in Denmark, most employers are known to offer annual bonuses.

OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Danish
Currency:
Danish Krone (DKK)
Capital City:
Copenhagen
Population:
5.8 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
11th
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
25%
Employer TaxES
13,721 DKK
(estimated)

★  DKK 2,791 - Employer's Reimbursement System

★  DKK 2,272- Pension Scheme

★  DKK 1,176 - Occupational Injuries Insurance

★  DKK 1,150 - Maternity Leave Fund

★  DKK 592 - Unemployment

★  DKK 299 - Labour Market Insurance

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1

Remote candidate

You've sourced a full-time employee or contractor located in a country where your company is not incorporated.

2

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Pass us the details of your candidate and we will let you know exactly what it costs to employ your candidate in that country.

3

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How Remofirst employs in Denmark

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Denmark get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Denmark are paid on time in Danish Krone (DKK). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Denmark, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.