Denmark - Decrease of foreign labour could lead to frictions - December 31, 2017

An analysis from the central employers’ confederation (Danmarks Arbejdsgiverforening, DA) reports the growing need for foreign labour. DA’s figures show that the number of EU citizens coming to work has fallen by 65% in the space of 15 months. That statistic is related to a sharp decrease in Polish citizens taking jobs in Denmark, according to the report. The number of newcomers from other EU countries has also fallen sharply since the second quarter of 2016. An advisor at the Economic Council (Det Økonomiske Råd) thinks that the trend should be cause for concern. Employment minister spoke about risks of companies leaving if there was a lack of available labour. Earlier on, the confederation of employers in the industry DI had expressed similar worries, based on a report (by Hay) that placed the country among the countries currently experiencing the fastest growing gap between vacant positions and available workers. The trade union confederation LO urged the industries to recruit from within the country’s estimated 100,000 jobless.  

Read on: in English (1) …   in English (2) …   The Hay summary: in English …  

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