You accrue holiday allowance from September to August the following year (12 months). You can use the holiday allowance from September to December the following year (16 months). The Holiday Act allows you to take your holiday as soon as the month after you have earned it e.g. the holiday allowance you accrue in September you can use in October.
Transition to new Danish Holiday Act
If you accrued holiday pay during the transition year from 1 September 2019 to 31 august 2020 it will be converted into savings in the new fund, Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler. You will have these savings paid out when you reach the state pension age.
You can read more about holiday pay during the transition year here:
Holiday allowance may consist of:
- paid holiday and holiday supplement
- payment in lieu of untaken days of holiday
Paid holiday and holiday supplement
If you are entitled to paid holiday, you will receive your usual pay when you take holiday. In addition, you are entitled to a holiday supplement of 1% of your pay during from September to August. There are two ways of getting the holiday supplement disbursed:
- You can get the holiday supplement for the first nine months disbursed with your pay for May and for the remaining three months with your pay for August.
- You can get the holiday supplement disbursed, when your holiday begins.
Paid holiday and holiday supplement is managed by your employer.
Payment in lieu of untaken days of holiday
Employees who do not get paid holiday may have earned entitlement to payment in lieu of untaken days of holiday. When you have earned entitlement to payment in lieu of untaken days of holiday, you can claim an amount corresponding to the number of days of holiday you take. At lifeindenmark.dk you can see the payment in lieu of untaken days of holiday you have earned.