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Calculating seniority (5+3)

Calculating the seniority of PhD fellows

The salary seniority is calculated starting on the first day of the month in which the PhD fellow is appointed, and always comprises whole months.

The salary seniority cannot start any earlier than the end of the month in which the PhD fellow completed his/her Master’s degree.

For example:
If the degree was awarded on 18 January 2015, the salary seniority will be calculated starting on 1 February 2015.

Salary seniority is awarded for the period during which PhD fellows are employed in jobs which depend on their education.

For example:
Jobs as a postal worker or check-out assistant do not generate any seniority.

Relevant hourly-paid employment of at least eight working hours per week is included if the employment has a consecutive duration of at least three months.

If the number of working hours is 8-14 hours per week on average, half salary seniority is awarded.

If a PhD fellow has had more than one part-time work, the weekly hours can be added up for use in calculating their seniority.

Full salary seniority is awarded for an average of at least 15 hours of relevant employment each week.

See section 8 in the Collective agreement (Danish version).



The Master’s degree was obtained on 27.6.2018 which means that the salary seniority starts on 1.7.2018. The problem is that the job as Research Assistant started before the degree was obtained. Salary seniority is only awarded for jobs which depend on the Master’s education. If the tasks in the job description changed after the degree was obtained he/she will get half salary seniority for July-September 2018. If the tasks were the same before and after the Master’s degree was obtained the job does not count as salary seniority. The two other jobs gives him/her full seniority for October 2018 – March 2019 and for June-August 2019.