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Salary and working hours at CBS

As a researcher employed at CBS, you automatically fall under the Collective Agreement for Academics in the (Danish) State. Your basic salary, number of holidays, pension and much more is determined by this agreement. The Danish labour market is characterised by strong trade unions and collective agreements, termed the Danish Model. It means that the general terms of employment are not regulated by the Government but by collective agreements made by the trade unions and employer associations.

Please make sure to inform HR (who issues your contract) about your CPR number (Civil Registration Number) in order to get paid.

Salary components
Your salary consists of a basic pay rate based on your seniority.

Furthermore you receive a centrally agreed upon allowance (tillæg) based on your jobtitle (Research assistant, PhD Fellow, Postdoc. Associate Professor, Professor, etc.). 
Wage negotiations
In addition to the basic payment and supplements attached to the job category, the collective agreement and the university wage policy allow for further supplements by local agreement and negotiation. The most commen supplements are:
- Qualification supplements (based on professional and personal qualifications, quality of performance), which are usually granted as a permanent supplement.
- Special-duty supplements, are usually granted in connection with special functions linked to partcular tasks.
- One-off payments, as a matter of remuneration following a particular effort.

You are entitled to a wage negotiation, when taking up employment with CBS. Furthermore, all employees are entitled to negotiate their salary once a year or when taking up a new position/function within CBS.

The wage being settled as part of the collective agreement implicates that it is the trade union representative (shop steward) who negotiates the wage on behalf of the staff. This is also the case for the yearly negotiations on any supplement. 

The outcome will, however, depend on local conditions, budgets and policies.
Working hours
Working hours are generally fixed by the collective agreement. Working hours are presently 37 hours a week at full-time employment.

It is possible to obtain an agreement on part-time employment, but this will depend on the local planning in the organisation, and the decision lies with your Head of Department.


The page was last edited by: HR // 07/03/2023

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