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Pay level and collective agreement terms for cleaners

In Denmark, pay conditions are established through collective agreements or individual agreements between companies and employees. On this page, you can see the pay levels and agreement terms and conditions for cleaners.

The pay of individual employees varies and depends on factors such as performance, skills, experience and in some cases piecework and bonus agreements. Other factors are the company's profile, geographical location, etc.

The chart below shows hourly earnings for cleaners who are employed as ordinary employees. Apprentices, young workers (< 18 years), managers, and employees with special responsibilities are not included.

Earnings per hour worked for cleaners

Bar chart of the dispersion in earning per hour worked for cleaners, and share of employees as a percentage
Source: Confederation of Danish employers 2020. Cleaners are calculated on the basis of main work function (DISCO) = 91: Cleaners and helpers.

See the bar chart "Earnings per hour worked for cleaners" in a larger scale

The chart shows that a quarter of employees receive an overall payment of less than DKK 186.11 per hour worked. The median is DKK 201.52. The most highly paid quarter receive an overall payment of more than DKK 217.25.

Some employees receive significantly less and others significantly more than the figures mentioned.

The average is DKK 208.46 per hour worked.

What do earnings per hour worked consist of?

Earnings per hour worked is the overall amount which Danish employers pay for 1 hour of work. The payment includes all pay elements, including the agreed hourly wage and fixed and variable supplements, free choice schemes, bank holidays (public holidays which fall on a weekday), holiday and absence payments, and pensions. Absence payments are distributed across the hours worked.

Supplements for overtime and other nuisance compensation are not included.

Remuneration of posted employees must take place within the framework of EU law.

Pay elements of the Collective Service Agreement

The salaries shown reflect the individual or collective agreements that have been entered into between companies and employees. The leading collective agreement for cleaners is the Collective Service Agreement between DI (Confederation of Danish Industry) and 3F (United Federation of Workers in Denmark)/Serviceforbundet (National Union of Service Employees).

The summary shows the pay elements that form the basis for earnings, excluding nuisance compensation, for employees covered by the Collective Service Agreement.

  • Standard wage agreement
  • Supplements for seniority, industry seniority and a service supplement
  • Supplements for skilled workers
  • Employer-paid pension contributions: 8.15 %.
  • Additional holiday entitlement and payment for public holidays: 5.25 %.
  • Free choice scheme: 6 %.
  • Right to wages during periods of illness and maternity leave, etc. under certain conditions
  • Right to performance-based pay in certain cases
  • In addition to the agreement-based pay elements, the legislation prescribes a holiday payment of 12.5 %.

Collective Service Agreement 2020-2023

Any Questions?

Please contact the Danish main organisations:

The Confedation of Danish Employers
Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening (DA)
Telephone: +45 33 38 90 00
Email: da@da.dk

Danish Trade Union Confederation
Fagbevægelsens Hovedorganisation (FH)
Telephone: +45 35 24 60 00
Email: fh@fho.dk

Last updated: 10-03-2022