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DI commends minister’s call for more foreign labour

It is a positive sign that Minister of Employment Troels Lund Poulsen and the government are calling for improved access to the Danish job market for foreigners, says DI. Such an initiative is at the top of many companies’ wish lists.
Many companies are lacking workers. Minister of Employment Troels Lund Poulsen wants to do something about it, which DI applauds. Photo: Colourbox

Publiceret: 04.01.2018
Af Niels Brandt Petersen mail

Danish companies have their hands full, but they are lacking employees.

Many were therefore pleased to hear the news that Minister of Employment Troels Lund Poulsen is calling for the parliament to intensify efforts to make it easier for Danish companies to acquire foreign labour.

“It is extremely positive to hear that the minister intends to take steps to help companies remedy the shortage of qualified workers, given that this is the biggest challenge that companies and the Danish economy are currently facing,” says Steen Nielsen, Deputy Director at the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI).

See also: Companies threatened by lack of qualified labour

The parliament must take action

Just before the holidays, Danish news site Finans could report that Troels Lund Poulsen is heralding a new strategy for international recruitment. The new strategy is aimed at making it easier for individuals outside the EU to enter the Danish job market as well as attracting workers from the EU.

The minister notes that an increasing number of companies are forced to turn down orders and some even consider moving parts of the company abroad.

“We’ve reached the point where the labour shortage has started to cost Denmark jobs, and that is something the parliament needs to address,” says Troels Lund Poulsen to Finans.

See also: Labour shortage on the rise : Four out of ten companies unable to recruit

Talented foreign workers are absolutely vital for companies. Steen Nielsen, Deputy Director

We’ll need everyone

Several studies and analyses from DI have shown that Danish companies increasingly suffer from a lack of qualified employees. Skilled foreign workers can help remedy that issue.

“If growth is to continue in 2018, we will need all types of workers.
There are therefore good opportunities for getting more unemployed Danes and those receiving benefits into work. At the same time, we will also be needing more foreign workers,” says Steen Nielsen.

He emphasises that foreign workers will not stand in the way of Danes who are looking for jobs.

“Skilled foreign workers are absolutely vital for companies. It will be a huge help if we can get more foreigners, both from the EU and from countries outside the EU, to come to Denmark for work. What’s more, larger numbers of foreign workers will not change the fact that great job opportunities also exist for Danes,” says Steen Nielsen.

See also: Good news for companies: Tax scheme for foreign specialists is extended

Skilled foreign workers are absolutely vital for companies.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEEN NIELSEN, DI
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PUBLISHED: 1/4/2018 LAST MODIFIED: 1/4/2018