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Key figures: One billion in state revenues may generate more if we lower the maximum amount limit

Foreign employees in Danish companies on the so-called maximum amount scheme contribute with one billion in state revenues. If we lower the maximum amount limit, it will provide needed qualified labour to the companies – and raise state revenues.

The new figures from the Ministry of Finance emphasise what we already knew, namely that the maximum amount scheme is good business for Denmark and that foreign specialists contribute to the Danish society.

- The maximum amount scheme gives Danish companies the opportunity to attract much needed qualified labour from abroad. It is necessary in our current situation where companies have difficulties in finding the people they need. This applies amongst others within IT and engineering where the necessary qualifications simply cannot be found in sufficient quantities in Denmark, says Kim Graugaard, Deputy Director General, DI.

- Unfortunately, it has become harder for the companies to employ foreign employees in recent years as the maximum amount limit has been raised and at the same time it has become more difficult to use the scheme. This one billion, which foreigners contribute to state revenues, may grow into even more if the maximum amount limit was reduced and it was made easier for the companies to recruit foreign employees via the scheme. Therefore, we suggest that the limit is reduced to DKK 325,000, says Kim Graugaard.

- Although the scheme only includes 6,000 out of approx. 200,000 foreigners working in Denmark today, we have strong focus on it because it has a great impact on the companies’ opportunity to find the employees they need outside the EU member states, says Kim Graugaard.

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Unfortunately, it has become harder for the companies to employ foreign employees in recent years as the maximum amount limit has been raised and at the same time it has become more difficult to use the scheme.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL KIM GRAUGAARD, DI
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PUBLISHED: 1/31/2018 LAST MODIFIED: 1/31/2018