Second jobs - not doctors

​Public employees may generally have other occupation, but it must be undertaken within certain limits.

As a public employee, you are in principle entitled to take other occupation, but only to the extent that it is compatible with your duties and obligations under your employment contract. In most cases it will not pose any problems. Other occupation may be teaching, directorships, social work or other paid or unpaid voluntary work, i.e. employment and work outside the Capital Region of Denmark.

Compatible with your duties

Other occupation must always be “compatible with your duties” as provided for in s. 17 of the Danish Civil Servants Act, and this principle also applies to employees appointed on a group contract basis.

Other occupation may not

  • entail a risk of a conflict of interests with the main occupation
  • take up too much of the employee’s working capacity
  • contravene the so-called dignity requirement (decorum)

If a planned second job may cause inconvenience to your workplace, you must always inform your manager.

Are you required to notify your employer?

As a general rule, an employee with a second job is not obliged to notify his or her employer, and generally, the employer cannot forbid the employee to have another job without special permission. In certain fields, there may, however, be special rules for second jobs. You are obliged to give information about your second job at your employer’s request, if the request is reasonable.

Talk to your manager if in doubt

If you are in doubt about whether a contemplated or actual second job is acceptable, you can always discuss it with your manager. Any second job that may cause doubt as to your loyalty or ability to meet your obligations to the Capital Region of Denmark should give rise to a dialogue and perhaps a written approval from your manager.
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