Holiday allowance

Apply for your frozen holiday funds no later than December 2020 

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Frozen holiday funds

The payment is the equivalent of approximately 12.5 per cent of your holiday entitled pay in the period from 1 September 2019 to 31 March 2020.

When you have applied for the holiday funds, you will receive a letter. Here you can see how much you will receive and how the amount has been calculated.

Has the amount been taxed?
That will depend on how your employer has paid your holiday funds.  If your employer has paid your holiday funds to FerieKonto or a holiday fund, taxes will already have been paid. In other cases, taxes will be deducted from your holiday funds once you get them paid out.  

You have not accrued holiday funds if in the period from 1 September 2019 - 31 March 2020:  

  1. You were employed by a non-Danish company and posted to Denmark for work
  2. Your posting to Denmark lasted less than 12 months       

If you were tax liable in Denmark, the self-service solution may state that you have accrued holiday funds. You have not, and therefore you cannot apply for them. If you receive the holiday funds, you will have to pay them back.  

If you are unsure about whether you have accrued holiday funds, you can contact your employer.

Regular holiday allowance

Start Claim your holiday allowance for 2015/2016

You apply for disbursement of your holiday allowance on the self-service page. You can also see the holiday allowance you are owed at any time.

If you do not have NemID

If you do not have NemID, you can apply for disbursement of your holiday allowance in other ways. It depends on the party which disburses the holiday allowance.

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You can always see the holiday allowance you have earned on your self-service page.

Your employer calculates your holiday allowance. In general, you accrue 12.5% of your salary in holiday allowance. This complies with 2.08 days of holiday for every month that you are employed.

If your employment is shorter than one month or if there are days during a month that you do not accrue entitlement to holiday, you accrue 0.07 days of holiday for each day you are employed.

Holiday allowance from FerieKonto

FerieKonto administrates holiday allowance for all employees that are not included in a collective holiday arrangement.
Read more about when your employer is to pay holiday allowance to FerieKonto here, if FerieKonto is to disburse your holiday allowance:

As a general rule, you must take holiday in the right holiday year to claim your holiday allowance.

The first day of holiday must be on or after 1 September.

If you have applied for holiday allowance from FerieKonto, you will receive your allowance approx. four working days after you applied via the online self-service. This also applies if you enter the holiday retrospectively. Your holiday allowance will not be disbursed until one month before your first day of holiday at the earliest. The money will be paid into your NemKonto.

If you have applied for holiday allowance from your employer or another holiday fund, the time it takes before your holiday allowance is disbursed may vary. For more information, contact the company which is to disburse your holiday allowance.

You can see the name of the party which is to disburse your holiday allowance by logging onto your self-service page.

You have to take your holiday to get your holiday allowance.

If you are prevented from taking holiday up until 31 December 2021, you can transfer the amount of prevented days to the following holiday period. You can maximum transfer four weeks of prevented holiday.

More information about transferring holidays will become available during Fall 2021.

You can be prevented from taking holiday for these reasons:

  • You are on sick leave or forced admission
  • You are taking maternity/paternity/adoption leave, but not childcare leave
  • You are resident outside of Denmark and are not covered by the Danish Holiday Act
  • You have become self-employed
  • You have become a stay-at-home parent/spouse/partner
  • You have been elected mayor, taken up a ministerial appointment or similar position of trust
  • You are serving a custodial sentence in a prison
  • You are involved in an industrial dispute which is notified and lawfully concluded
  • You are doing military or other similar service
  • You have no holiday allowance to cover your holiday due to a dispute between you and your employer over a holiday allowance claim – provided that you have filed the claim before the end of the holiday year
  • You are attending to a close relative who is ill or dying and are therefore on leave, or you have for a limited period of time been awarded compensation for loss of earnings, pay or other remuneration under the Social Services Act.
  • You served within the Ministry of Defense or police due to war, disasters or other extraordinary circumstances.

Reasons such as severe pressure of work or a change of job are not valid reasons for being prevented from taking holiday.

If you were prevented from taking holiday in the period 1 May 2020 and 31 August 2020, your holiday has been transferred automatically so that you can use your holiday from 1 September 2020 to 31 December 2021.

 

If you believe there are errors in the amount or the number of days of holiday, you must contact the employer from which you earned the holiday allowance, because the errors can only be corrected by the employer.

If you have any questions about disbursement of your holiday allowance, you must contact the party which is to disburse the holiday allowance.

If you are unclear about where your holiday allowance is deposited, you can log on to your self-service page to see which company is listed under ’Udbetaler’ (Disburser).

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.

Contact FerieKonto, Feriepengeinfo or Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler