Danish standards for salary
When you apply for a residence and work permit in Denmark , it is a condition that your salary correspond to Danish standards.
To be granted a residence and work permit, the terms of your employment and salary must correspond to Danish standards.
This condition applies to the following schemes:
- Pay Limit Scheme
- Fast-track Scheme (pay limit track, short term track, researcher track)
- Researchers Scheme
- Positive List for People with a Higher Education
- Positive List for Skilled Work
- Special Individual Qualifications Scheme
- Herdsmen and Farm Managers Scheme
- Internship Scheme
- Employment for Adaption and Training Purposes Scheme
In cases under the Positive List for Skilled Work the assessment of weather the salary corresponds to Danish standards is made according to specific principles, which you can find more information about here.
Your salary must correspond to Danish standards
Your salary must correspond to Danish standards. This means that you must receive a remuneration, which corresponds to the standards of the type of employment in question in Denmark.
The condition that your salary must correspond to Danish standards applies to both first time applications and applications for extension.
The Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) will usually assume that the terms of salary in question correspond to Danish standards if it follows from the application form and employment contract that:
- the employer is covered by a collective agreement though a membership of an employers’ association. Please be aware that a membership of an industry association is not sufficient in this regard.
- the employment is covered by a collective agreement. It must appear from the employment contract that the employment is covered by a collective agreement in the relevant sector/line of employment. Please note that the employer merely following an agreement is not sufficient in this regard.
- the salary is at least DKK 65,000 per month.
In such cases, SIRI will usually not make further assessment of weather the salary offered corresponds to Danish standards.
In other cases, SIRI will assess whether the salary offered corresponds to Danish standards. The income statistics from The Confederation of Danish Employers (DA) are applied by SIRI as bench mark when making this assessment.
In order to apply the DA income statistics, SIRI needs to know the so-called DISCO code of the occupation in question. DISCO codes are used to classify occupations in a number of different groups based on the tasks carried out in this position. An overview of the DISCO codes can be found on the webpage of Statistics Denmark dst.dk/en/.
The relevant DISCO code must be stated in the application form.
SIRI uses the DISCO code to consult the DA income statistics in order to then assess whether the salary offered corresponds to Danish standards. The DISCO code and your work experience serve as the basis for SIRI’s assessment of the salary offered.
Please note that only relevant work experience will be taken into consideration. This means that SIRI only takes work experience into consideration if it is relevant to the job that is the basis of your application for a residence and work permit.
Relevant work experience must be mentioned in the application form.
You must receive at least the same salary as the salary in the lower quartile of DA income statistics. Based on the salary in the lower quartile of the statistics SIRI will assess whether your salary corresponds to Danish standards. If SIRI finds that the salary does not correspond to Danish standards, you or your employer may be asked for your comments regarding the salary based on the DA income statistics.
If SIRI finds it necessary, the Regional Labor Market Councils (RARs) may be asked to assess whether your salary and/or other terms of employment correspond to Danish standards. If the council finds that the salary offered or other terms of your contract do not correspond to Danish standards, SIRI will then request yours and your employers comments before we make a decision in your case.