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Accrual of holiday and special holidays

Holiday rules

The holiday agreement applies for public servants, staff with public servant status and staff employed under a collective agreement, including trainees with a work placement agreement pursuant to the Danish Act on Vocational Education and Training.

Hourly-paid employees are governed by the Danish Holiday Act and the provisions of the holiday agreement concerning replacement holiday. Hourly-paid staff entitled to full pay during illness are also covered by the provisions of the holiday agreement on special holidays.

Holiday days

You accrue 2.08 (25/12 = 2.08) days of holiday for each month of employment in a calendar year (the year of accrual), regardless of the monthly number of working hours. This means that you accrue 25 days of holiday in a calendar year, which corresponds to five weeks of holiday.

You also accrue ordinary holiday while absent from work due to e.g.

  • illness
  • maternity/paternity and adoption leave
  • taking holiday with pay, including special holidays
  • childcare days
  • child’s first and second day of illness
  • educational leave with full or partial pay

During unpaid leave, holiday is earned during the first six months of the leave period. However, this is on condition that:

  • you return to work before the end of the holiday year in which the holiday has to be taken, and
  • the holiday is taken before the end of the holiday year in question – unless the holiday is postponed under other provisions of the holiday agreement.

Persons covered

Employees who accrue paid holiday:

  • All monthly-paid employees, irrespective of the number of hours
  • PhD fellows on part B
  • International employees who are covered by the special rules on concurrent holiday (holiday that may be taken at the same time as it is being accrued)
  • Trainees; see separate section on trainees.

Employees who do not accrue paid holiday:

  • Hourly-paid employees (part-time lecturers, teaching assistants, student assistants, etc.)
  • Hourly-paid employees receive a holiday allowance of 12.5% of the pay earned in the year of accrual.

Special holidays

You accrue 0.42 (5/12 = 0.42) days of special holiday for each month of employment in a calendar year (the year of accrual), regardless of the monthly number of working hours. This means that you accrue five days of special holiday in a calendar year.

Special holiday supplement

Permanently employed monthly-paid staff receive a special holiday supplement which, in most collective agreements, is set at 1.5% of the pay earned in the previous calendar year (year of accrual). This special holiday supplement is normally disbursed together with the monthly pay for April.


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