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As a researcher employed at the University of Southern Denmark, you are automatically covered by the Collective Agreement for Academics in the State (Danish).
Your basic salary, number of holidays, pension and much more is determined by this agreement.

The labour market is characterized by strong trade unions and collective agreements known as the Danish Model. This means that the general terms of employment are regulated by collective agreements made by the trade unions and employer associations. In this folder from the Ministry of Finance, you can read more about employment in the Danish State Sector.

Your salary consists of a basic salary based on your seniority. When employed as a member of scientific staff (i.e. research assistant, PhD Fellow, postdoc, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, professor with special responsibilities) you will receive a centrally agreed supplement (tillæg) attached to the specific job category.

If you hold a professorship your salary is not based on seniority, but placed in a separate and higher salary bracket.
You can find more information about the job structure (including a description of the different job categories) in this memorandum from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science: Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities

Annual salary (before tax) exclusive 17.1% pension

Level of October 2021 (Includes only basic salary and fixed position structure supplements)

334,456 - 403,914
Research Assistant *
359,306 - 428,764
Postdoc* 420,040 - 442,247
Assistant Professor*
420,040 - 442,247
Associate Professor
Professor 637,950
In accordance with collective agreement.
* Dependent on previous seniority-giving employments.

Please note that it is possible to request a salary negotiation for an additional supplement in connection with the employment. 

In addition to the basic salary and fixed position structure supplements attached to the job category, the collective agreement and the university salary policy allow for further supplements by local agreement and negotiation.

The most common supplements are:

  • Qualification supplements (based on professional and personal qualifications, quality of performance), which are usually granted as a permanent supplement.
  • Job-based supplements, are usually granted in connection with special functions linked to particular tasks.
  • One-off payments, as a matter of remuneration following a particular effort.

You are entitled to a salary negotiation when taking up employment with SDU. You can ask your Ddepartment to refer you to your union representative for this purpose. Your union representative is also mentioned in your employment contract from SDU if you have already received this.

Furthermore, all employees are entitled to negotiate their salary once a year or when taking up a new position/function within the University.

The salary being settled as part of the collective agreement implicates that it is the union representative who negotiates the salary on behalf of the employees. This is also the case for the annual negotiations on any supplement.
The outcome will, however, depend on local conditions, budgets and policies. 

If you have any questions about the salary negotiations, you can contact your union representative or your immediate manager.

At the end of every month your payslip is sent from “Økonomistyrelsen” to your e-Boks which is your online digital mailbox.

It is your own responsibility to check whether you receive the correct salary, so please make sure that the salary and supplements correspond with your employment contract.

It is possible to receive your payslip in English. Just send an e-mail to, including your department, your name and your date of birth in the subject field.

Working hours are generally fixed by collective agreement. Working hours are presently 37 hours a week on average (full-time employment).

It is possible to obtain an agreement on part-time employment, but this will depend on the local planning and organization of work, and the decision lies with your head of department/executive head.

Employees who plan their own work, or whose working time cannot be checked are not entitled to overtime pay. However, the employer may grant overtime remuneration by specific assessment if the scope of the additional work has been considerable.


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Last Updated 20.07.2022