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Working time accounts

The annual Working Time Accounts (WTA) are published 6 months after the reference year. The quarterly WTA are published two months and 15 days after the reference quarter.

The statistics are usually published without delay in relation to the scheduled date.

Timeliness and time lag - final results

The Danish Working Time Accounts (WTA) are published with provisional quarterly figures 4 times a year ( Quarter mid-June, 2nd Quarter mid-September, 3rd Quarter mid-December and 4th Quarter mid-March). Provisional annual statements are normally published in September and final annual statements are normally published in February.

Final annual figures are normally published in December of the year following the reference period. The working hours account is thus published once a year with the year stated in December, incorporating the new structural year from the Labor Market Accounts and Wage Structure Statistics.

There is consistency between the annual and quarterly WTA so that quarterly data is also final for periods where final annual statements are available. However, there may temporarily be differences between the annual and quarterly tables, if the publication dates are not the same.

WTA will continuously be published in accordance with Statistics Denmark benchmark goals. For quarterly statistics concerned, this means published data by the end of the following quarter. On account of requirements from business short-term regulation (STS), provisional data from the WTA are transferred to Eurostat plus 2 months and 15 days. For the annual statistics the guiding target is by the end of the following year.


95 percent (21 out of 22 publications) of the Quarterly statements have been published exactly as planned or ahead of schedule since the transition to eIncome basis December 2012.

The annual statistics has since December 2012 been released four times, all at pre-announced time (100 percent.). However, final structural data for the reference year 2017 have already been incorporated in connection with the publication of the annual ATR dated 11/10 2018, replacing the publication that would normally take place in February 2019.

Data to Eurostat short term business statistics (STS) are evaluated based on requirements for interim STS quarterly (within 2 months after the reference quarter) and here meets 85.7 percent the requirements (18 out of 21 deliveries since the system was revised to eIncome basis in December 2012).

For the final STS quarterly data 90.9 per cent (20 out of 22 of the releases) were transmitted according to the required deadline (within 2.5 months after the reference quarter).