Will I receive my wage if I become sick?

If you become sick, it is possible to receive money from the social agency through the sickness benefit system. The payment is 100% of your work income, however no more than 80% of a work man’s wage. The benefit is normally calculated as the average income the last 5 weeks before the notification of illness.

The weekly amount is no more the DKK 4,621 – this rate is valid until 1 May 2019 when the amount will increase together with the weekly wage.

If a worker has an accident and has to be on sick leave, he can also receive benefit from the sickness benefit agency and the benefit is the same as mentioned above. In addition, 10% is paid by your union and 10% by your employer for a total of 10 days.

If a wage earner, who has been with the same employer for more than 9 consecutive months, becomes unfit for work because of a work injury, then the employer is obligated – after the end of the 10 day time period – to pay the difference between the unemployment benefit and the regular wage, which the wage earner had received, if he had not become injured.

The employer’s obligation to pay is valid until the wage earner is fit for work again, however no longer than 4 months after the work injury occurred.