How easy is it to get a different job in Denmark?

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How easy is it to get a different job in Denmark?
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Once you’ve landed your first job in Denmark, finding a new position might be easier than you think.


People already in employment switch jobs with relative frequency, according to data from Statistics Denmark analysed by Djøf, an interest organisation which represents over 100,000 people who work in the public and private sectors.

Between 2008 and 2018, around one in five people changed jobs each year.

“When employees need to develop professionally, they are quick to see that it can be done in, for example, another financial institution, another municipality or on another board,” Frederik Iuel, a career consultant with Djøf, told Ritzau.

Although many people change jobs each year, few change from the private to the public sector or vice versa.

Only around two percent changed sectors over the ten years of data scrutinised by Djøf.

That may reflect the desire for job security commonly associated with a reluctance to change workplaces, according to Iuel.

“Employers choose what they know and, from the employees' point of view, you are comfortable about being where you have delivered and performed in the past,” he said.

But a lack of crossovers shifts between the two sectors can have a disadvantage, the consultant added.

Jobseekers give themselves a much larger job market and more job opportunities to pick from if they are willing to switch sectors.

Employers would also benefit from attracting staff from a different pool than usual.

“I think that if companies have many different types of employees, who also have knowledge from other sectors, then this can help to enrich companies’ production and help promote development,” Iuel said.

According to data from Statistics Denmark, people with university educations have a slightly higher propensity to change sector than those without university backgrounds.

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