Danish unemployment at lowest level since 2009: stats

Unemployment in Denmark continues to fall, with latest figures showing the lowest proportion of people out of work for nine years.

Danish unemployment at lowest level since 2009: stats
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Agency Statistics Denmark's numbers showed a decrease in the number of people receiving social welfare support for their income to have decreased by 1,400 in June.

That leaves the total number for the 'net unemployment' measure at 107,300.

“Net unemployment is therefore at its lowest level since 2009, both in terms of the percentage of people unemployed and the number of people in full-time work,” Statisitics Denmark wrote in a press release.

“Until summer 2016, net unemployment was falling, followed by an increase up to July 2017. Since July 2017, there has again been a downward trend,” the statement continued.

According to a different measure, however, unemployment has increased slightly.

Based on spot checks in which people confirm that they are not in employment despite being fit to work, the current number of unemployed is 152,000, up from 148,000 when the number was last recorded in March this year.

Businesses in Denmark have for some time been concerned about a lack of labour, and the Danish Chamber of Commerce (DE) said it was disappointed at the latest employment figures.

“A lack of matching between the skills of jobseekers and the skills required by businesses is part of the explanation,” DE’s labour markets director Peter Halkjær said in a written response to the new employment numbers.

“Nevertheless, it is absurd that business have thousands of unfilled jobs while 107,000 capable jobseekers are without work contracts,” Halkjær added, adding that he supported more stringent demands on unemployed people receiving social welfare support.

The Economic Council of the Labour Movement (ECLM), an economic policy institute and think-tank, said however that businesses should employ more people on the fringes of the labour market and implement more full-time positions.

“Even though the unemployment queue is getting smaller, there are still around 200,000 people in work that want to work more,” ECLM director Lars Andersen wrote.

“If businesses want to increase labour supply then it would be prudent to create more full-time positions, employ more immigrants and refugees and create more internships,” Andersen continued.

“Businesses have for too many years failed to take enough responsibility for the training of future skilled workers,” he said.

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READER QUESTION: Do Denmark’s residency rules allow you to take a side job?

A reader asked about what the rules are for taking a second side job if you have a work permit or residency permit in Denmark. Here are the rules.

READER QUESTION: Do Denmark's residency rules allow you to take a side job?

READER QUESTION: If I came in pre-Brexit on the grounds of self sufficiency, and I’m on a temporary residency permit, am I allowed to do a bit of self employed work to top my funds up?

For this reader, the rules are quite clear.

“A temporary residence permit granted according to the Withdrawal Agreement (Brexit) also includes the right to work in Denmark – even though the person has resided in Denmark on grounds of sufficient resources or as an economically inactive person,” the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), told The Local via email. 

But for other non-EU citizens, here under one of Denmark’s many job schemes, such as the Fast-track scheme, Pay limit scheme, and the Positive lists, or under the various researcher schemes, the rules are more complicated. 

READ ALSO: How can you get a work permit in Denmark if you are not an EU national?

You are generally allowed to get a second job, but you may have to apply for a separate work permit for paid sideline employment, (find information from SIRI here), and also fulfil various conditions. 

If you are a researcher with a permit under the Researcher scheme or the Researcher track under the Fast-track scheme, a Guest researcher, a PhD student, a performing artist or a professional athlete or coach, you are allowed to take up unlimited sideline employment without needing to apply for an additional work permit for sideline employment. 

If, however, you are employed as a researcher under the Pay Limit Scheme, then you have to apply for a special work permit for sideline employment.

People who received their residency permits under the Jobseeker scheme are not eligible for a sideline employment permit. 

For the other job schemes, you need to apply for a separate work permit for paid sideline employment, find information from SIRI here.

“For sideline employment, the salary must be the standard one for the job, and within the same area of ​​work as the main occupation,” SIRI said. 

For example, a musician might want a permit for sideline employment as an instructor at an academy of music, or a doctor might want a permit for sideline employment to teach at a medical school. 

You can be granted a sideline permit for as long as as the duration of your main work permit. 

If you lose your sideline job, you must inform SIRI. If you lose the main job that is the basis for your main work permit, your sideline job permit is automatically invalidated.