During the lockdowns in Denmark, unemployment rose sharply and a record number of people were out of work. But now the trend has reversed.
Out of the country’s 98 municipalities, 90 today have more jobs than in the fourth quarter of 2019, and there are 115,000 more employees in Denmark, which is an increase of 4.1 percent.
Ringsted and Brøndby top the list of municipalities with the most jobs. According to the Danish Chamber of Commerce, this may be due to the fact that there are several large companies in those municipalities.
A record number of foreign nationals are also active on the Danish labour market and now comprise over 10 percent of all people in full time employment.
The figure, reported by newspaper Berlingske, comes from an analysis by the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI), which found that 266,000 foreign nationals, reported to be a record number, were working full time in Denmark in October 2021.
As such, foreigners comprise 10.5 percent of total employment, according to the report.
The Danish government is currently negotiating with parliament over potential solutions to labour shortages and the need to attract more international workers.
Several political parties have suggested they favour reducing a minimum salary requirement used to assess work permit applications.
At the moment, you can get a work permit on the pay limit scheme if your salary is at least 448,000 kroner a year.
The government has proposed that the annual salary requirement be lowered to 375,000 kroner over a two-year period, to allow more international workers into Denmark on the scheme.
However, four conservative parties – the Conservatives, Liberal Alliance, Liberals and Nye Borgerlige (New Right), would like the annual salary permanently reduced to 360,000 kroner but do not want the scheme to include nationals of Muslim countries in North Africa and the Middle East.