National minimum wage in detail

There is no statutory minimum wage in Denmark. However, a minimum wage is often set out in collective agreements. At present, there are several hundred collective agreements in Denmark. For example, the lowest hourly base wage in the collective agreement with the most extensive coverage in Denmark, the Industrial Collective Agreement covering a number of blue-collar workers in the industrial sector, is DKK 119.65 (EUR 16.03) per hour. Based on 37 working hours per week being the normal weekly working hours, the monthly minimum base wage is therefore DKK 19,479.02 (EUR 2,608.93). In addition to this amount, an employee will be entitled to a pension contribution of 8%, holiday pay of 12.5% and a contribution of 4.0% to a so-called ‘free choice account’. Therefore, the total monthly minimum base wage is DKK 24,251.38 (EUR 3,248.12).

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Author: Norrbom Vinding

Date: March 2019

Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.


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