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

Once you’ve landed your first job in Denmark, finding a new position might be easier than you think.

How easy is it to get a different job in Denmark?
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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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Labour shortage hits half of Danish companies in construction sector

A record-high shortage of labour at some Danish companies is exacerbated in some places by a lack of materials, according to new data.

A file photo of construction in Aalborg. As many of half of construction companies in Denmark currently report a lack of labour.
A file photo of construction in Aalborg. As many of half of construction companies in Denmark currently report a lack of labour. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The construction industry reports a lack of labour at around half of all companies, according to a survey by Statistics Denmark, based on responses from businesses.

In the service industry, which includes restaurants, hotels and cleaning, one in three companies reported a lack of workforce.

Some industries, notable machinery related businesses, also said they are short of materials currently.

The lack of labour is holding the Danish economy back, according to an analyst.

“Never before have we seen such a comprehensive lack of labour in the Danish economy,” senior economist Søren Kristensen of Sydbank said.

“It’s a shame and it’s a genuine problem for a significant number of the businesses which at the moment are losing revenue as a consequence of the lack of labour,” Kristensen continued.

“That is costly, including for all of Denmark’s economic growth. Even though we on one side can be pleased that it’s going well for the Danish economy, we can also regret that it could have been even better,” the economist said in a comment to news wire Ritzau.

Despite the lack of labour, businesses have their most positive outlook for years, according to Statistics Denmark.

The data agency based its conclusions on a large volume of responses from companies related to revenues, orders and expectations for the future.

The numbers are processed into a measure termer business confidence or erhvervstillid in Danish. The October score for the metric is 118.7, the highest since 2010, although there are differences between sectors.

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