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Your pay and terms of employment

If you have a student job, the terms of your employment and pay often depend on whether you are employed in the public or private sector. DM can advise you regarding your rights and working conditions as a student assistant. Among other things, DM can check over your employment contract if you've got a new student job. DM can also offer you guidance if you're fired from your job.

Employment contracts

You have the right to an employment contract if you are employed for more than one month and work for an average of at least eight hours per week. That applies regardless of whether you are employed in the public or private sector. According to the Danish Proof of Employment Act ("Ansættelsesbevisloven"), the contract must be in writing, and you must be provided with a copy of it no later than one month after beginning work.

Your rights regarding pay, holiday time, and illness will be indicated in your employment contract.

Terms of employment in the public sector

If you are an undergraduate student, you will ordinarily be employed under an HK agreement.

If you have a bachelor's degree and are performing academic work in your field, you have the right to be employed under an AC agreement, which offers higher pay. However, it is required that the work you will be performing be required for your course of study.

If you are unsure whether your work qualifies as a requirement for your course of study, you are welcome to contact DM at 38 15 66 00 or at dm@dm.dk.

Your pay is described in your labour agreement. Your contract must indicate the labour agreement under which you are employed.

  • Student counsellors, student assistants, instructors, teaching assistants, etc.

    The National Union of Student Instructors (Studenterundervisernes Landsforbund, SUL) has concluded labour agreements for students working as instructors, hourly teaching aides, department counsellors, student assistants (in study halls, IT rooms, libraries, etc.) and for teaching assistants on waivers at institutions of higher learning.

    Pay rates are as follows:

    Hourly wages, 1 October 2019

     

    Base amount
    31 March 2012

     

     

    Student assistants

    150.31

    164.44

    plus holiday pay

    Student counsellors

    178.93

    195.75

    plus holiday pay

    Instructors / teaching aides

    200.82

    219.70

    plus holiday pay
    plus additional
    1.5 hours of preparation
    per hour of instruction

    Teaching assistants

    226.95

    248.28

    plus holiday pay
    plus additional
    1.5 hours of preparation
    per hour of instruction

     

    Non-academic student work

    If you are employed as an office worker in the public sector, you will be paid according to the HK labour agreement that applies to your employment. The amount depends partially on your past employment as a student assistant, and partially on how far along you are in your studies.

    National government:

    Hourly wages, 1 October 2019

     

    Local addition rate

    Seniority

    Bracket

    Stage

    ll

    lll

    lV

    V

    Vl

    1st year

    8

    1

    117.36

    119.68

    121.29

    123.61

    125.22

    2nd year

    8

    2

    117.36

    119.68

    121.29

    123.61

    125.22

    3rd year

    9

    3

    119.31

    121.69

    123.34

    125.72

    127.37

    4th year

    9

    4

    119.31

    121.69

    123.34

    125.72

    127.37

    5th year >

    11

    5

    122.90

    125.40

    127.13

    129.63

    131.36

    Municipal government rates deviate slightly from national rates.

    If you have studied for two years at an institution of higher learning and passed certain tests and exams within that time, a qualification bonus may be added on if you are performing qualified work.

Terms of employment in the private sector

If you are employed at a private business, your employment may not be covered by a labour agreement. Instead, the terms of your employment will be indicated in your employment contract.

You are welcome to contact DM at 38 15 66 00 or at dm@dm.dk if you require advice about the terms of your employment, your pay, and your rights.

DM has prepared a draft student contract with a checklist and guidance. You can use it as a tool to ensure that your contract meets legal requirements established in the Danish Proof of Employment Act ("Ansættelsesbevisloven").

Download student contract

Download checklist and guidance

When your student job ends

As an employee, you are covered by a termination warning period requirement. The length of this warning period will be indicated in your employment contract or your labour agreement.

If you are dismissed from your job, you should always contact DM at 38 15 66 00 or at dm@dm.dk.

If, after concluding your studies, you begin to receive unemployment benefits while searching for a job, there are certain exclusionary rules that you need to be aware of. Contact your unemployment insurance fund for advice about student jobs and unemployment benefits.

Read more about unemployment benefit rules