Welcome to your starting point of finding a job in Denmark in hotels and restaurants. We are very happy that you are here.
First off, have a look at our job portal, where you can search for vacancies within your field. It is a good idea to be as exact as possible when using the portal, so do a search for keywords such as “Chef”, “Head Chef”, “Waiter”, “Receptionist” etc. You can also search for competencies or by location.
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Please watch this inspirational video with Rainer Gassner, owner of Michelin-restaurant "Ti Trin Ned" in Fredericia.
The Restaurant Industry in Denmark
Right now, many restaurants in Denmark are looking for trained Head Chefs and Chefs as well as trained Waiters for their many guests.
In 2020 Danish restaurants had a combined turnover of 5 billion euros, it went down from 6,2 billion euros in 2019 because of the pandemic, but it is on the rise once again.
You might not know a lot about the Danish restaurant sector in advance, so here is a quick introduction to Danish cuisine from the official website of Denmark:
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Maybe you have heard about the famous restaurants in Denmark such as Noma and Geranium which hold three Michelin stars and AOC, Kadeau, Alchemist, Kong Hans and Jordnær who all hold two stars. And actually, Denmark has 38 Michelin stars divided between 27 restaurants.
They have all helped put Denmark on the international Gastronomy map, and Denmark has become a popular destination for many food tourists every year, but all kinds of restaurants from cafés to big franchises are looking for trained workers.
Watch this inspiring interview with Italian chef Claudio
In general, the hospitality business is a well-paid sector in Denmark, and here you can see the average salary for trained Head Chefs, Cooks and Waiters in DKK and in Euros:
The Hotel Industry in Denmark
In Denmark, there are many different kinds of hotels to choose from because of the very variable landscapes and settings. There are seaside hotels on the west coast, big luxury hotels in the biggest cities, Spa hotels hidden away in forests and budget hotels scattered all over the country in all bigger and smaller cities.
Right now, the hotels in Denmark are particularly looking for trained Receptionists as well as Chefs and Waiters if they have a restaurant in their hotel.
The salary levels for trained hotel Receptionists are also quite good in Denmark, as you can see in the graphic below
Job Search Tips
If you find a job vacancy that you like and think suits you, you should apply directly with the company. Most often, you have to send them your CV (specialised for the company) and a cover letter (also suited for the specific company and job posting).
We have collected all of our best tips for your job search and put them all on one site for you to find.
We would recommend that you create a CV in the EURES-CV-database as well
This will make it easier for us to find and contact you, if a new job gets listed that would be perfect for you. Furthermore, the Danish companies also have access to the CV portal and can hereby find your CV directly, if you have created one. Remember to put Denmark as your preferred destination, as this will make it easier to find you.
Go to our guide on how to create your EURES-CV
What to know before relocating to Denmark?
At LifeinDenmark.dk, you can find information regarding your big move to Denmark. How does healthcare work in Denmark, is it easy to find childcare, how is the school system in Denmark and how do I buy or rent a house? Lifeindenmark will help you.
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Residence and work permits
Prior to job searching, it is always a good idea to find out whether you need a residence and work permit to live and work in Denmark.
TMS – Targeted Mobility Scheme – Apply for financial support when looking for a job in Denmark
Targeted Mobility Scheme is an EU initiative for job seekers and employers from the EU, Norway and Iceland.
TMS may offer financial support concerning travel costs if you get a job interview in Denmark. If hired, it is also possible to apply for funding for relocation for you and your family.
To find out if you are eligible for financial aid in regards to your job search in Denmark, have a look at our information page.
Reach out and good luck
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Find our contact information in the link below. You can also follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn, where we share tips for job search and info on Denmark.
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