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32 nationalities work at Terma - and they need even more

Poland’s days as a source of labour for Danish companies are numbered. The demand for labour is rising all across Europe. According to the Confederation of Danish Industry, more must be done to draw international workers to Denmark.
Terma currently employs just over 1,400 workers. The company’s foreign employees come from a wide range of countries. In total, 32 different nationalities are represented.

Publiceret: 23.11.2017
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“I recently visited a big slaughterhouse in Horsens to meet some of the 400 Poles who are employed there, tell them about the opportunities and ask what it would take to get them to return home,” says Poland’s ambassador to Denmark, Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, in an article in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

The article reports that Poland has launched an offensive to convince some of the nearly 40,000 Poles who work in Denmark to come back home.

“What Poland is doing is understandable, because just as Denmark needs more hands, unemployment in Poland has also become so low that it costs the country growth and welfare when workers go abroad. The same is the case in Germany, Romania and most other European countries, and it is a sign that things are going well for the majority,” says Deputy Director Steen Nielsen, the Confederation of Danish Industry.

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In need of more hands

That is also the case at the company Terma, which has Danish offices in Lystrup, Herlev and Grenaa. Here, the number of employees has risen by over 300 since 2014. Terma currently employs just over 1,400 workers. The company’s foreign employees come from a wide range of countries. In total, 32 different nationalities are represented.

“Like many other companies, we are also affected by the heightened competition for highly educated employees within IT and software development in particular. One of the ways we deal with this is through partnerships in Lithuania, Romania and Poland, where we hire locally. Moreover, we are opening a development centre in Atlanta, Georgia, where we have partnered with the Georgia Tech Research Institute,” says Communications Director Kasper Rasmussen, Terma.

For hourly paid jobs, Terma has successfully been able to recruit locally and take care of training of new employees themselves. This is the case both in Lystrup and particularly in the company’s department in Grenaa, which has increased the number of employees by around 100 over the past 18 months.

See also: Production is increasing - as is the need for labour

Easier access for workers from developing countries

Steen Nielsen is pleased that Terma is still able to recruit Danes, but he emphasises that for hourly paid jobs in certain trades, it is still necessary to ease access for international employees from countries outside the EU.

“We should therefore include skilled workers such as smiths, electricians, industrial technicians, toolmakers and mechanics among the professions in which it is possible to get jobs in Denmark, even if they do not receive as high wages as the pay limit scheme stipulates,” says Steen Nielsen.

He believes that more foreigners will be needed for all job types.

“There is most need for the highly skilled, but there is also a lack of both skilled and unskilled workers, and a need for more hands in practically all fields. We therefore ought to look at how we can attract qualified foreigners rather than how we can keep them out,” says Steen Nielsen.

See also: Copenhagen get spouses of foreign nationals into work

We ought to look at how we can attract qualified foreigners rather than how we can keep them out.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEEN NIELSEN, DI
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PUBLISHED: 11/23/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 11/23/2017