In Kalundborg, you will find large and small companies within various fields e.g. farming, high-technology industries and retailing.
You have great possibilities of making a career within natural or engineering sciences.
To meet the local companies' demands for biotechnology engineers, University College Zealand offers the educational course of Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology that will begin in 2017. You can read about the course on University College Absalon
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Labour unions and collective agreements
In Denmark, the labour market is regulated mainly through agreements by labour unions and employer associations. These agreements are named collective agreements. Collective agreements set rules on salary, working hours, pension, sick payments, terms of notice etc.
In addition, a few requirements are stipulated by law. For example, a minimum requirement of five weeks of vacation per year is stipulated, the parental leave and finally, the right to an employment contract.
In Denmark, the standard work week is 37 hours and lunch breaks are typically 30 minutes. In the public sector, lunch breaks are paid for. However, they are usually not paid for in the private sector.
Flexible working hours
At many Danish companies, flexible working hours is a common benefit. This is, in many cases, used by employees to begin early in the morning, or to work late in the evening, or even from home. This often allows the individual employee to design a work schedule that matches his or her life as a whole.
Most workplaces are covered by collective agreements that provide employees with time off on bank holidays. Besides bank holidays, employees are entitled to a minimum of five weeks of holidays per year.
Holiday pay is earned from January to December and may be used the subsequent year from 1 May. This means that you will only be paid for the holiday you have contributed for. Nonetheless, you will have the right to take five weeks off.
In Denmark, many companies offer private healthcare as a fringe benefit. However, this is not legislative.
Unemployment insurance fund
In Denmark, unemployment insurance is voluntary. It is up to you whether you choose to sign up for an insurance against unemployment or not.
The time schedule is 8 weeks for transferring your former work experience to an unemployment fund in Denmark.
If you chose to wait, you will need to obtain one year of membership in order to be covered.
In Denmark, if employees have a sick child, they have the right to take a day off with salary.
Usually maternity leave is 52 weeks altogether in Denmark. The 52 weeks are divided with 4 weeks for the mother before birth and 14 weeks for the mother and 2 for the father after birth. The remaining 32 weeks can be divided or shared as wished. Rules can vary on parental leave. Confer with your employment contract as to which specific rules apply to you.
Most employees are entitled to full wages for part of the maternity. For the remaining leave, parents are entitled to a benefit that corresponds to unemployment benefit the last 32 weeks.
In Denmark, any employee has the right to an employment contract which specifies the most important terms of your employment. An employment will include job title, workplace, commencement date, information on holiday payment, terms of resignation, probationary period, salary and work hours. If you are covered by a collective agreement, your contract will also include references to the agreement in question.
In Denmark, it is usual that employment starts with three months of probation.
A shorter notice of resignation defines the probation.
Notice of resignation will usually be one month for employees, and for employers it will usually be two weeks for the first 3 months, 30 days up to 6 months of employment, and 90 days of notice up to 3 years of employment. The notice continues to be extended throughout the employment to a maximum of 6 months.
The legislative pension in Denmark is ATP - Supplementary Pension. Your employer will pay 2/3 of the contribution and you will pay 1/3.
Besides this, there are several private and voluntary pensions which provide a supplement to the State Pensions and the ATP Supplementary Pension.
In Denmark, we have a law to protect workers from physical and mental injuries which includes a legislative injury insurance drawn by your employer to secure all employees against work related injuries. The law also stipulates a healthy and safe working environment. For that reason, each workplace has a safety representative.
To make sure you are not (too) surprised when entering a Danish workplace, read here about workplace culture and business etiquette in Denmark.
Danish workplaces offer very good working conditions, modern facilities and high-quality technical equipment.
Competence development is highly prioritized and most workplaces regularly offer continuing education to their employees.
After 4 o'clock
Usual working hours are 8 am to 4 pm. However, in order to make time in the afternoon to pick up their kids or work out, many employees leave work earlier than 4 pm, chose to start early in the morning, or to work a couple of hours from home in the evening.
In Denmark, the majority of both men and women work. Therefore, an extensive social welfare is in place offering inexpensive childcare and after school care.
Nearly all workplaces plan social activities for employees like Christmas or summer parties. At some workplaces, partners and children are invited as well – in others only the employees are invited.
Lunch and coffee
It is usual to eat lunch at the company kitchen or canteen. At some workplaces, lunch can be bought – at other workplaces it is common to bring your own lunch. Everybody uses the same canteen. Also the executive management usually eats among employees during lunch breaks.
In Denmark, it is common for all employees to take a turn to brew the coffee and to do other daily tasks regardless of which position they hold.
Team work and trust
Danish working culture is cooperation oriented and collective effort is appreciated. Many workplaces value employees who are open to new ideas and able to work in a team. In Denmark, social competencies are considered important, and in some cases just as important as the professional skills. Employees are expected to be able to work independently, plan their own time and effort, and take on a responsibility for their work. In general, employees have a high degree of freedom to exercise control over their own work and their own time.
Nice to know
- In Denmark, being late is considered impolite.
- In Denmark, the office may very well be empty at 4 pm.
- Most Danes express their opinion. Also when it argues against a manager's decision.
- In Denmark, we address each other by our first names.
Read more about business etiquette in Denmark at these sites:
Flat management and open discussions
Most Danish workplaces are characterized by a flat structure and informal communication. For example, we address each other by our first names. This also goes at work, and also when communicating with managers.
Usually, all involved employees have a say regardless of their position, and many decisions are discussed in the open. In fact, employees are expected to influence their work and to have a point of view.
For this reason, it can be difficult to tell the lines of decision at times.
If you are about to work in a management position in Denmark, you should prepare for the fact that it is not considered as a lack of respect to argue against a managers decision. It is rather expected to be involved and to have a professional opinion.