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Financial Participation

Compared with other European countries, in Denmark employee financial participation traditionally plays a more important role, especially employee share ownership schemes. Since 2010/2011, however, the significance of workers’ participation has receded somewhat.

Profit-sharing

The findings of the European Working Conditions Survey (2005) show a profit-sharing incidence of 11.5%.1 According to the results of the European Company Survey (2010), a survey of more than 27,000 HR managers in Europe conducted in 2009, 14% of private-sector Danish companies with 10 or more employees offer their employees a profit-sharing scheme. This is in line with the European average. The incidence of employee profit-sharing schemes is to a certain degree dependent on company size. 13% of companies with 10-49 employees, 18% with 50-199 employees, and 16% of companies with more than 200 employees have a profit-sharing scheme.2 The results of the Cranet Report 2011 indicate that the incidence of profit-sharing schemes among companies with 100 employees or more is below average in Denmark.3

Employee share ownership

The Cranet survey (2010) puts the incidence rate of employee share ownership in Denmark at about 22.7% (in companies employing 100 workers or more and where the participation rate exceeded 50%). The findings of the European Working Conditions Survey (2010) show an employee share ownership incidence of around 4.5% .4 In this study this represents a very high value by European comparison.

According to the results of the European Company Survey, 13% of Danish private-sector companies with 10 or more employees offer their workers share ownership schemes. This puts Denmark well over the European average of just over 5% established in the survey.5

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Wilke, Maack and Partner (2014) Country reports on Financial Participation in Europe. Prepared for www.worker-participation.eu. Reports first published in 2007 and fully updated in 2014.