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Last modified: 08.08.2018

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Sideline employment and voluntary work

The general rules for European and Danish staff state that you may have a sideline employment if it is compatible with the main employment at Aalborg University (AAU). To the extent that sideline employment:

  • does not affect the university's credibility and legitimacy in relation to research, education and administration,
  • and it must not be in competition with your position at AAU.

As an EU/EEA citizen, you are advised to discuss and clear your sideline employment with your immediate manager.

EU citizens can read more about Rules for sideline empoyment at AAU here (in Danish). 

 

Non-EU/EEA citizens who are already working in Denmark and are required to carry out a secondary activity at AAU must be able to present a valid residence and work permit, which also permits them to carry out sideline employement.

This permit must ALWAYS be approved by the International Staff Unit (ISU).

Please read bellow more information for Non-EU citizens.

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    Sideline employment

    The rules for sideline employment make it possible for Non-EU/EEA with a work and residence permit as a researcher, salaried PhD student or guest researcher in Denmark to carry out sideline activities without having to submit an application to the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). 

    The rules are:

    • Foreign nationals with a work and residence permit as a researcher, salaried PhD student or guest researcher in Denmark can now carry out sideline employment without having to submit an application for sideline employment to the immigration authority (SIRI). However, THE SIDELINE EMPLOYMENT MUST BE RELATED TO YOUR MAIN EMPLOYMENT. If in doubt, please contact SIRI.
    • There are no requirements for separate salary and employment conditions in connection with the sideline activity, and the activity can be either paid work or independent enterprise, including work as a freelancer.
    • NB! The rules for sideline employment do not apply during a possible job search period. The right to carry out sideline activities follows the main employment period only.
    • Researchers, including those on the fast track scheme, salaried PhD student or guest researcher, can now carry out sideline employment without any limitation on their working hours.
    • Researchers who hold a work and residence permit according to the pay limit scheme are not included in the new rules regarding sideline employment. These researchers still need to apply for a permit for sideline activities.
    • Salaried and guest PhD students still hold the right to work 20 hours a week and full time during June, July and August as stated in the current rules. 

    The new rules regarding sideline employment apply to:

    • Foreign nationals who already hold a work and residence permit as a researcher.
    • Salaried PhD students or guest researchers.
    • Foreign nationals, who submit a new application for a work and residence permit within these job categories.
    • Border workers/commuters who already hold, or are applying for, a work and residence permit in Denmark within one of the job categories; researcher, salaried PhD student or guest researcher.

    The rules do not apply to guest PhD students.

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    Voluntary work

    The rules regarding voluntary work apply to all Non-EU citizens, who are already in Denmark based on work. The new rules imply a right to carry out unpaid voluntary work alongside the main employment and any sideline activities. 

    The rules are:

    • You have the right to carry out unpaid voluntary work alongside your main employment and any sideline employment.
    • Unpaid work means that you cannot receive any pay or other benefits, e.g. paid phone, internet, etc. However, you may receive small benefits that other unpaid voluntary workers also receive. This may be paid transport to the work place, free lunch, Christmas presents, etc.
    • You may carry out the work for a formally organised organisation, association, and public institution or similar. You may also carry out voluntary work in more loosely organised networks.
    • The unpaid voluntary work may not replace paid labour, and it is therefore a condition that it is normal that the work is unpaid and voluntary.
    • The right to carry out unpaid voluntary work does not require you to submit an application, but will be included in your original work and residence permit.

     

    The new rules regarding voluntary work apply to:

    • Foreign nationals, who already hold a work and residence permit (based on work)
    • Foreign nationals, who submit a new application for a work and residence permit (based on work). The rules also apply to border workers/commuters who already hold, or are applying for, a work and residence permit in Denmark.

    The rules do not apply to foreign nationals who are staying on the Faroe Islands or in Greenland.