The objective of the decision is to secure staff at hospitals and social services which are operated by regional authorities, Danske Regioner said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Regions’ elected official in charge of the salary and practice committee, Region Zealand council chairperson Heino Knudsen, said it was “crucial” for regional authorities to increase the working hours of staff by moving more people from part-time to full-time terms.
“We need staff in the health services and we need all the staff we can get. Preferably a lot more who are working full time,” Knudsen said.
“Currently, we can see that an overall 32 percent of people employed by Regions are part-time. We very much want to reduce that percentage so that more people want to work full time and have the option of doing so,” he said.
Social care sector staff have had the right to automatically become full-time since 2020, but the option was not previously extended to all employees.