The Danish Construction Association

The Danish Construction Association (DI Dansk Byggeri) is an independent business organization within the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI) that contains approximately 5,700 contractors and manufacturing companies within the Danish building and construction sector.

About us

We create and sustain the conditions in which our member companies can compete and prosper, and promote our members' political interests.

The member companies, composed of major building contractors, small and medium-sized construction companies and manufacturers of building components, are involved in a range of core activities, from infrastructure and turnkey projects, to contractor work specializing in bricklaying, carpentry and roofing, as well as manufacturing building components, such as doors and windows.

The work of the Danish Construction Association includes:

  • Looking after labour market and training policy interests
  • Generally looking after enterprise policy interests - in Denmark and abroad
  • Dealing with collective agreements and providing advice for employers
  • Developing and communicating building regulations and knowledge
  • Looking after companies’ sales and customer-related interests at home and abroad
  • Beneficial purchasing agreements and commercial proposals aimed at members
  • Regional, professional and local activities in areas, sections and local associations
  • Membership administration, recruiting, etc.
  • Information and communication for the various target groups
  • Building Guarantee – a financial safety net for private customers in case of a fault or defect in work agreed with a building company that is a member of the Danish Construction Association
  • In-service training and courses that ensure that the companies and their employees can develop their skills.

Read more about the organisation in this brochure

International organisations

Through our membership in international organisations, we work to safeguard members’ interests within the international political area.
The Danish Construction Association is member of several international organisations, among others:

FIEC European Construction Industry Federation

European International Contractors (EIC)

Collective agreements 2020

This information page will be continuously updated. Please check back regularly for updated information. Latest update: April 16th 2020, 16:00.

Collective agreements have been approved

The vote on the new collective agreements was concluded on 16. April 2020 and the agreements were approved.  

Please observe that the agreements are not identical in all aspects, and there are variations in some of the new agreements as well. Contact us if you have specific questions or need clarification.

Publication of the collective agreements

Danish language versions of the collective agreements have been published in digital versions here (some agreements will be published with a few days delay): 

The following collective agreements will be translated. The translated agreements will be available online in the beginning of June 2020 and in printed versions 4-6 weeks after online publication:

  • Collective Agreement for the Construction and Civil Engineering Sectors with 3F (the red book) will be translated to English, German, Polish and Italian
  • Collective Agreement for Civil Engineering Workers with BJMF, which covers the Copenhagen area (the grey book), will be translated to English
  • The Building Agreement with 3F (the green book) will be translated to English, German and Polish
  • The Agreement on Bricklayer and Bricklayers’ Labourer Work with 3F (the yellow book) will be translated to English, German and Polish
  • Collective Agreement for Sheet Metal and Pipe Work with the Danish Metalworkers' Union and the Danish Union of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (the brown book) will be translated to English
  • NEW: The flooring agreement with 3F will be translated to English


Please observe that members of the Danish Construction Association must also comply with the below agreements which are only available in Danish language:

  • The Electricians agreement (in Danish: El-overenskomsten med Dansk El-forbund)
  • The Painters Agreement (in Danish: Maleroverenskomsten med Malerforbundet i Danmark)
  • The Agreement on Bricklayers’ Labourer Work in the Copenhagen area (in Danish: Murerarbejdsmandsoverenskomsten med Bygge-, Jord- og Miljøarbejdernes Fagforening i København (BJMF))
  • The Industry, Wood and Furniture Agreement (in Danish: Industri- Træ- og Møbeloverenskomsten med 3F/Industrigruppen (ITM))
  • The Industry Agreement with 3F (in Danish: Industrioverenskomsten med 3F)
  • The Industry, Wood and Furniture Agreement (in Danish: Industri-, Træ- og Møbeloverenskomsten med 3F)

 

New collective agreements 2020 – summary of main changes

 The new agreements will be valid for 3 years (2020-2023). Please be aware that this is a partial summary. Contact us if you have questions:

E-mail: RPA@di.dk
Phone: 72160255


Minimum hourly wage rates
The minimum hourly wage rates will be increased with 2,50 DKK on each of the following dates:

  • 1. May 2020
  • 1. January 2021
  • 1. March 2022


The minimum hourly wage rates as of 1. May 2020 on selected collective agreement:

  • Collective Agreement for the Construction and Civil Engineering (the red book): 128,65 DKK
  • Collective Agreement for Civil Engineering Workers, which covers the Copenhagen area (the grey book): 128,65 DKK
  • The Building Agreement (the green book): 128,40 DKK
  • Collective Agreement for Sheet Metal and Pipe Work (the brown book): 122,10 DKK
  • The Agreement on Bricklayer and Bricklayers’ Labourer Work with 3F (the yellow book): 128,40 DKK1


(1not including tool money and supplementary piece-work pay after 1 month of employment. Please contact us for more information on hourly wages for bricklayers)

Overtime work, Staggered working hours, Shift work
The additional payments for amongst other things overtime work, staggered working hours and shift work will be increased with 1,6% as of 1. May 2020. Specific rate increases for different collective agreements will be available in “Lønoversigten” (available in Danish language only) and in the collective agreements when they have been approved and published.

Please observe that in some areas the overtime rate will increase with the increase of the minimum hourly wage rates. This is for instance the case for the Civil Engineering Agreement. In other areas, the overtime rate will follow the development in each employees hourly wage. This is for instance the case for the Building Agreement.

Public Holidays and Floating Holidays contribution (SH)
The contribution to Public Holidays and the 5 Floating Holidays will be increased from the current 9,9%. The rate will be increased with 1,0 percentage point per year over the next 3 years.

As of the below dates, the new rates will be:

  • 1. May 2020: 10,9%
  • 1. January 2021: 11,9%
  • 1. March 2022: 12,9%

The new payment rates per day (both Public Holiday and Floating Holidays) will be increased from the current 1.100 DKK. As of 1. May the rates will be:

  • For adults: 1.300,00 DKK
  • For adolescent employees: 700,00 DKK


Furthermore, the parties have agreed that employees and employers can mutually agree to pay out the part of the Public Holidays/Floating Holidays contribution, which exceeds 5,9%, on a going basis with each wage payment.

Sick pay maximum rates
The maximum rates for sick pay, child’s first sick day, child’s hospital stay, pregnancy/maternity leave will be increased with 2,50 DKK on each of the following dates:

  • 1. May 2020
  • 1. January 2021
  • 1. March 2022


The maximum hourly rates for sick pay will be at the following levels as of 1. May 2020 on selected collective agreements:

  • Collective Agreement for the Construction and Civil Engineering (the red book): 149,50 DKK
  • Collective Agreement for Civil Engineering Workers, which covers the Copenhagen area (the grey book): 149,50 DKK
  • The Building Agreement (the green book): 147,50 DKK
  • Collective Agreement for Sheet Metal and Pipe Work (the brown book): 149,50 DKK
  • The Agreement on Bricklayer and Bricklayers’ Labourer Work with 3F (the yellow book): 149,50 DKK


Terminating employment during sickness
A new provision has been agreed. Employees that cannot work due to sickness cannot have their employment contract terminated for the first 8 weeks of the period where the employee is unable to work due to sickness.

Extended period for sick pay during sickness
Specific for the Collective Agreement for Sheet Metal and Pipe Work (the brown book): The period during which the employer must pay sick pay for the employee during sickness has been extended from 4 to 7 weeks.

Please observe that other changes to the sick pay entitlement periods have been agreed on other smaller collective agreements, which we do not have available in translated versions. Feel free to contact us for further information if you follow a non-translated collective agreement.

Contact us if you have questions:

E-mail: RPA@di.dk
Phone: 72160255

 

Specific to the painters agreement

 The painters agreement deviates from the above mentioned agreements because it was not possible for the parties to reach an agreement. The contents of the Painters agreement is therefore the result of the Consiliation Board’s proposal.


Rate adjustments
Rate adjustments will take place on:

  • 1. March 2020
  • 1. March 2021
  • 1. March 2022


It will therefore be necessary to regulate wages back to 1. March.

Minimum hourly wage rates
The minimum hourly wage rates will be increased with 2,50 DKK every year from 2020 to 2022:

  • 1. March 2020: 130,25
  • 1. March 2021: 132,75
  • 1. March 2022: 135,25


Public Holidays and Floating Holidays contribution (SH)
The contribution to Public Holidays and the 5 Floating Holidays will be increased from the current 9,75%. The rate will be increased with 1,0 percentage point per year over the next 3 years.

As of the below dates, the new rates will be:

  • 1. March 2020: 10,75%
  • 1. March 2021: 11,75%
  • 1. March 2022: 12,75%


Sick pay maximum rates
The maximum rates for sick pay, child’s first sick day, child’s hospital stay, pregnancy/maternity leave will be increased with 2,50 DKK on each of the following dates:

  • 1. March 2020: 138,75
  • 1. March 2021: 141,25
  • 1. March 2022: 143,75


Contact us if you have questions: 

E-mail: RPA@di.dk
Phone: 72160255

Public holidays in 2020

For the sake of good order, we have listed the Public Holidays in 2020.

Please observe the increased Public Holiday rates as of 1. May 2020 (see the section; "Public Holidays and Floating Holidays contribution (SH) above).

Public holidays are days-off and the employee receives the Public Holiday payment (currently 1.100 DKK, and 1.300 DKK after 1. May). Any work on a public holiday – if at all possible according to the relevant agreement – must be paid for with the high overtime rate for all hours worked + the Public Holiday payment. Contact us if you have questions concerning the Public Holidays rules within your specific work area.

January

  • 1. January (New Year’s Day)


April

  • 9. April (Maundy Thursday)
  • 10. April (Good Friday)
  • 13. April (Easter Monday)


May (new rates apply)

  • 1. May (day off with no wage. No Public Holiday payment)
  • 8. May (Great Prayer Day)
  • 21. May (Ascension Day)


June

  • 1. June (Whit Monday)
  • 5. June (Constitution Day)


December

  • 25. December (Christmas Day)
  • 26. December (Boxing Day)


Contact us if you have questions: 

E-mail: RPA@di.dk
Phone: 72160255

Doing Business in Denmark

Information for construction companies on doing business in Denmark.

It is important that you acquaint yourself with the rules and conditions for doing business in Denmark.

Collective agreements

The Danish Construction Association recommends that you thoroughly study all the collective agreements covering your employees. Contact us for information on which collective agreement to apply.

Translated Collective Agreements

  • Bygningsoverenskomsten / 3F 2020 på polsk  Download
  • Bygge- og Anlægsoverenskomsten / 3F 2020 på polsk  Download
  • Murer- og Murerarbejdsmands-overenskomsten / 3F 2020 på polsk Download
  • Murer- og Murerarbejdsmands-overenskomsten / 3F 2020 på engelsk Download
  • Bygningsoverenskomsten / 3F 2020 på engelsk  Download
  • Bygge- og Anlægsoverenskomsten / 3F 2020 på engelsk  Download
  • Bygge- og Anlægsoverenskomsten / 3F 2020 på tysk  Download
  • Bygningsoverenskomsten / 3F 2020 på tysk  Download
  • Murer- og Murerarbejdsmands-overenskomsten / 3F 2020 på tysk  Download
  • Metal- og Blik- og Røroverenskomsten 2020 på engelsk  Download
  • Jord- og betonoverenskomsten / BJMF 2020 på engelsk  Download
  • Bygge- og anlægsoverenskomsten / 3F 2020 på italiensk  Download

Export to Denmark

Frequently Asked Questions from Foreign Suppliers.

How can I build network in Denmark and find new customers?

Become a member of the Danish Construction Association and tap into our network.

Apply for Membership

Adresses of member companies

If you are a foreign supplier of goods and services, you might be interested in address information on our member companies. Our policy does not allow us to disclose such address lists. To search for Danish construction companies and manufacturers, you can for instance use the free database ProDenmark.

Link to the databank ProDenmark

Advertisement

A good way to draw our member companies' attention to your product is to advertise in our member magazine Byggeriet, which is sent to all our members. Se some examples in the media information:

Byggeriet media information

For more details please contact Ms Annette Beyerholm at + 45 40 46 15 57 or beyerholmbyggeriet@gmail.com

Rules and Regulation

Products:
If you have questions on Danish rules and regulations on products you can always contact the Danish Product Contact Point.

Danish Product Contact Point

Product Contact Point for Construction


Standards and certification:

Danish Standards Association


Services and starting business:

The Danish Point of Single Contact is a portal that helps you start a business or provide temporary services in Denmark.

Danish Point of Single Contact


Construction legislation:
Danish Transport and Construction Authority

Market Information and Statistics

Statistical data may be obtained in English on the homepage of
StatBank Denmark

Department for labour law and collective agreements

 Get advise on employment, labour law and collective agreements.

The Department for labour law and collective agreement's main areas of responsibility:

  • Advising our members on the Danish rules on employment (as implemented by law and collective agreements)
  • Representing our members vs. the labour unions in case of industrial disputes under the collective agreements
  • Negotiating new collective agreements with the labour unions

Contact us 

E-mail: danskbyggeri@di.dk
Phone: 72 16 00 00

 

Legal Department

Our Legal Department can help you and your business with legal issues.

Legal advice to members

We offer legal advice to members of the Danish Construction Association, primarily in the areas of construction law, public procurement law and competition law. Our job is to ensure that as a member you have the best possible conditions for running your business – and that you have been informed of the rules and regulations in this regard.

We can help you so you can run your business, but we cannot run it for you. As a member of the Danish Construction Association, you are entitled to advice regarding your legal rights and legal actions.

Safeguarding your interests

The Legal Department safeguard the industry's general interests when rules and regulations are made, for example by submitting responses to consultations regarding future bills and by participating in key councils, boards, etc.

Influencing tender specifications, including state-aided and subsidised construction

The Legal Department will keep you updated on the host of tender specifications under which members of the Danish Construction Association operate. As an organisation, the Danish Construction Association may file a complaint with the Complaints Board for Public Procurement (Klagenævnet for Udbud), and we handle both violations of public procurement rules and cases concerning derogation from AB 92* and AB 18** in state-aided and subsidised construction, including subsidised residential construction (*AB 92: General Conditions for the provision of works and supplies within building and engineering, 1992 and **AB 18: General conditions for building af construction works and supplies, 2018)).

Courses

The Legal Department offers a variety of courses on construction law, public procurement law and competition law. Members can also order courses tailored to employees in individual businesses, possibly on other subjects relating to our fields of activity.

Articles in "byggeriet"

The Legal Department writes articles about subjects of current interest. The articles are published in the Danish Construction Association's magazine "byggeriet" (in Danish only).

Health and Safety Department

The Department for Occupational Health and Safety can help you and your business with occupational health and safety issues.

The most common areas of advice to member companies are:

  • Fundamentals of the Danish legislation on OHS (The Act of Working Environment)
  • How to comply with the Danish OHS-legislation
  • Your relation to the Working Environment Authority; - how to act if You get an executive order?
  • Penalties in relation to executive orders
  • Reporting work related accidents and diseases
  • The mandatory workplace assessment
  • The obligations of the safety coordinator in the project phase and in the construction phase
  • ‘On-location-advice’ by Bam-Bus – free of charge.
 

Read more here:


Working environment policy of the Danish Construction Association



Almost 400 pages of OHS rules and guidelines.

Working environment for building and construction - English 

Arbeitsschutz in der baubranche - Deutsch

Srodowisko pracy w sektorze budowlanym - Polski

Ambiente di lavoro nel settore dell'edilizia - Italiano

Saúde e seguranca no local de trabalho para setor da construcao civil - Português



When are employees responsible and when is management responsible?

Improvement notices and administrative fines in accordance with the Danish Working Environment Act

 

Hazardous and expensive – can you afford the fines?

About the Danish Holidays Act

The new Danish Holidays Act takes effect on 1 September 2020. The new Act was adopted because the current Act does not fully comply with the EU rules on the right to 4 weeks of paid holiday per year.

 

Concurrent holiday

Under the current Act, holiday is earned during the calendar year, but it not taken until the subsequent holiday year from 1 May to 30 April.

The new Act introduces concurrent holiday. This means that employees take holiday during the same year that it is earned.

The holiday year and earning year

Holiday is earned and taken at the same time over a period of 12 months from 1 September to 31 August (the holiday year and earning year). This means, for example, that holiday earned in February can already be held in March of that same year.

Holiday taking period

A new provision of the Act extends the period in which holiday can be taken by 4 months. Therefore, earned holiday can be taken in a period of 16 months from 1 September to 31 December of the following calendar year (holiday taking period). This provides increased flexibility regarding the taking of holiday.

Holiday rights for trainees

As previously, trainees have special holiday rights. The right to paid holiday depends on when the traineeship commences.

If the traineeship commences in the period from 1 September to 31 October, the trainee has the right to 25 days of paid holiday during that holiday year.

If the traineeship commences in the period from 1 November to 30 June, the trainee has the right to 3 weeks of paid holiday during the main holiday period and 5 days of paid holiday in connection with compulsory closures before the main holiday period.

If the traineeship commences in the period from 1 July to 31 August, the trainee has no special holiday rights but, just as other employees, will begin earning and taking holiday from 1 September to 31 August (concurrent holiday).

Unchanged rules

As previously, employees earn the right to 2.08 days of holiday per month. Accordingly, employees earn the right to 5 weeks of holiday during the period from 1 September to 31 August, which, as explained above, can be taken within a period of 16 months.

Payment during holiday is either provided in the form of holiday allowance of 12.5%, or holiday with salary plus a holiday supplement of 1%.

As previously, notice of when the main holiday will be taken must be provided 3 months in advance, and notice of remaining holiday must be provided 1 month in advance.

Discontinuation of “Feriekort” (“Holiday Form”) scheme/Reporting to “Feriepengeinfo” (“Holiday Allowance Info”)

Under the new Act, holiday allowance must be reported to Feriepengeinfo and the Feriekort scheme is discontinued.
Read more here

Transitional scheme

Prior to the commencement of the new Act, a transitional scheme running from 1 January 2019 until 31 August 2020 has been arranged.
Read more here

Further information

The Danish Construction Association recorded a webinar on the Danish Holidays Act, which you can view by clicking on the link below:
Watch the webinar her

Information about COVID-19

Guidelines on how to prevent the spread of coronavrius at work.