lmost every person in Denmark heard about it. A-kasse. But what is it? Why would I become a member? And are there any options to choose from? Continue reading to find out all the basic information, you need to understand A-kasse.
1. What is A-kasse?
In Danish, it stands for arbejdsløshedskasse or otherwise unemployment insurance fund. Thanks to this, people in Denmark can receive support during the time they are unemployed.
The support is primarily financial and goes up to 2 years. During this period you receive financial benefits, so you can search for a job, without worrying too much about your bills. A-kasse also helps you with the searching process, by offering you CV consultations and other workshops. By this increasing your employment chances.
All you need to do in return is to search for a job and attend meetings and seminars. There are three main activities.
- Approve your job suggestions once a week
- Apply for two positions a week
- Check your calendar and attend meetings
You will be doing all these activities on your profile in jobnet.dk
2. What are the requirements?
To be able to receive the dagpenge (unemployment benefits) in the first place, you need to live up to a couple of requirements:
- You need to be a member of any A-kasse at least for a year before being elligible for the benefits. The membership for students is free, so you should really sign up as soon as possible.
- You must have stayed in Denmark or any other EU/EEA country for at least 5 years in the last 12 years.
- You must have earned/have had an income of at least DKK 233,376 before taxes (in 2019) during the last 3 years (in total). In the case of the students, the time you spend studying “equals” to the money you would have to earn.
- You must be actively searching for a job
- You must be able to accept job offers with one days notice
3. A-kasse options
A-kasses are companies which offer insurance against unemployment, while administrating danish legislation. However, the are not all the same. In total, there are 24 options to choose from.
At the core, they are all similar, but they differ in the membership fees for their members, locations of their offices and mainly with the focus on specific careers. Because of this, you can find A-kasses, which are open to all, but also others which focus mainly on the business, engineering, social or other subjects.
When looking for the right A-kasse, people usually focus on:
- Membership fees
- Internal rules and member satisfaction
- Other membership benefits (courses, workshops, etc…)
However, all this depends on individual preferences. I would advise focussing mainly on specialization and member satisfaction. All the membership fees are usually between 450 - 500 DKK per month. And there is another way how to increase your employment chances.
4. How to apply?
If you wish to become a member of A-kasse, or if you want to change your A-kasse company, you can do both online. Follow this link to see all the options to choose from.
Well, these are all the basics you need to know. We hope that you will find this blog useful and that you will have an easier time finding a job. Make sure to take a look at our video which sums all this information and if you wish to know more about life in Denmark, feel free to look around student survival guide.