Employment supplement for newly unemployed from 1 May 2023

From 1 May, newly unemployed benefit recipients with a strong attachment to the labour market will be entitled to a Employment Supplement on their benefits for the first three months of their unemployment

The new rules are set out in a recent executive order issued by the Danish Ministry of Employment.

You’ll be entitled to up to an extra DKK 3,721 on top of your monthly benefits for the first three months you’re unemployed. You will, however, not be entitled to more than 90% of the salary you were paid before you became unemployed.

To be entitled to the Employment supplement payment, you must

  • have been a member of an unemployment insurance fund for a continuous period of at least four years; 
  • have worked 2 out of the past 3 years and earned a total of at least DKK 508,656 in those three years,
  • and receive benefits no earlier than from 1 May 2023. 

In other words, you will not be eligible for this new Employment  supplement payment if you are already unemployed before 1 May 2023. dd

To receive the highest Employment supplement payment of DKK 3,721 each month, you are required to have had an average monthly income from work of at least DKK 28,320.