When working in the Faroe Islands you have a variety of rights and duties.
As countries have different education and qualification systems, employers or higher education institutions abroad do not necessarily understand your qualification.
In order to work in the Faroe Islands, you may need a professional recognition of your qualifications.
Recognition of foreign diplomas, degrees and other qualifications in the Faroe Islands will in most cases be similar to recognition of qualifications in Denmark.
Information on recognition of qualifications in Denmark is available from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education and the ENIC/NARIC Networks.
If you consider applying for a job vacancy announced by a Faroese research institute, the relevant institute will provide you with information on the required qualifiations.
For some positions a Faroese or Danish authorisation is needed. For example foreign-trained doctors and other health personnel must be authorised by the Danish National Board of Health.
For the purpose of continuing education in the Faroe Islands you need an academic recognition of your higher education qualifications. Prospective students should contact the International Office at the University of the Faroe Islands for relevant information on recognition of education qualifications for the study programme in question.
Salaries are set according to negotiated settlements between the employer and the relevant trade union.
Salaries are based on seniority and competence. A special Doctoral or Professorial addition is given, if the position requires such competence.
Normal working hours are 39 hours per week. Work in excess of normal working hours is compensated with an overtime supplement.
Employment rights are stipulated by law or specified in settlements between the employer and the relevant trade union.
16 percent of the monthly salary is paid by the employer to a private retirement pension plan set up by the trade union with the Faroese Life Assurance Company.
Persons moving to the Faroe Islands to work for a limited period can apply to the Customs and Tax Office for exception from paying a percentage of their wages to a Faroese retirement pension plan.
Faroese employers are obliged to insure all employees against the consequences of employment injury or disease. The employee or his or her next of kin is entitled to compensation in case of injury, disease or death in connection with carrying out work.
Employees who have a Faroese retirement pension are normally supplementary insured against consequences of disability, serious disease and death.
An employee has the right to paid absence from work if he or she is unable to work due to illness. After 2 weeks of absence from work the employer has the right to require a medical certificate.
An employee has the right to 2 days of paid absence from work if his or her child is taken ill. The total number of days absent from work due to children´s illness cannot exceed 10 days a year for each child.
Employees with an employment contract have the right to leave with normal salary when having a child.
The mother is entitled to 4 weeks of paid leave prior to and 14 weeks after giving birth.
The father is entitled to 4 weeks of paid leave within the first 44 weeks after childbirth.
After the first 14 weeks the parents have the right to additional 26 weeks of paid leave which can be divided between mother and father according to their preferences.
Single mothers have the right to paid leave for 44 weeks after birth.
After the paid leave the mother or the father has the right to unpaid leave until 52 weeks after the birth of the child.
Wage-earners who do not have an employment contract providing full salary during maternity/paternity leave have the right to paid leave from the Parental Leave Fund.
The benefit from the Parental Leave Fund is based on the average salary received during the last 12 months before the leave up to a ceiling of DKK 25,000 per month.
For Nordic citizens income earned in another Nordic country counts as basis for setting the benefit from the Parental Leave Fund.
Parental Leave Fund (in Faroese)
Academics with an employment contract have the right to six weeks´ paid holiday a year. The stipulation of holiday must be agreed upon in advance.
Most employees in the Faroe Islands are members of a trade union. Trade unions have extensive rights in respect of negotiations with employers and their organisations.
Central wage contracts are made between trade unions and employer organisations.
Trade unions also maintain the professional interests of their members at their place of work.
The main trade unions for researchers are:
Faroese Union of Academics (in Faroese)
Faroese Union of Economists and Legal Advisors (in Faroese)
Unemployed members of a Nordic unemployment scheme can come to the Faroe Islands to look for a job for 3 months with a grant from their home fund.
Nordic citizens employed in the Faroe Islands are entitled to unemployment benefits from the Faroese Unemployment Scheme (ALS) if the become unemployed.
Non Nordic citizens with a temporary work permit in the Faroe Islands are not entitled to unemployment benefits from the Faroese Unemployment Scheme.
A fee for the Unemployment Scheme is automatically withheld by the tax system from all wages paid to registered residents in the Faroe Islands. Foreign citizens with a temporary work permit can apply for exemption from paying this fee.
Employees who are dismissed from their job and have the right to unemployment benefits must inform ALS immediately that they are unemployed.
The unemployment benefits are based on the wages received during the last 12 months prior to becoming unemployed. The benefits are 75 percent of the normal salary with a maximum of DKK 17,500 per month.
In order to receive unemployment benefits the unemployed person must be available for any kind of work. If he or she refuses to accept a job offered by ALS, the right to unemployment benefits will be suspended for 4 weeks.
Foreign employees who are dismissed from their job and do not have the right to benefits from ALS, may be entitled to temporary public assistance from the Department of Social Services.
The Unemployment Insurance Scheme (in Faroese)
According to Faroese law the copyright of a scientific work belongs to its creator. The scientist has the exclusive right to the creative and technical expression of his work and it is prohibited to reproduce text from the work without mentioning the source.
The copyright protects only the exact expression of the work. Ideas, principles and conclusions can freely be used by others.
The copyright is generated by the creation of the work itself and needs no special registration.
Inventions, company labels and industrial designs can be protected by intellectual property right. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office can provide a patent or a utility model which gives the creator a right for a limited time to exclude others from producing, using or selling the inventions without permission.
Patents and utility models are basically territorial rights and therefore limited to the countries for which the protection is granted. After a novelty search and patentability examination performed by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office, it is possible for the applicant to proceed with the patent application internationally.
Ministry of Education, Research and Culture (in Faroese)
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