Denmark Labor Shortage Simplifies Employment Conditions For Foreigners

Denmark is a Scandinavian country comprising the Jutland Peninsula and numerous islands. It’s linked to nearby Sweden via the Öresund bridge. Copenhagen, it’s capital, are home to royal palaces and colorful Nyhavn harbor, plus the Tivoli amusement park and the iconic “Little Mermaid” statue. Odense is writer Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown, with a medieval core of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.

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Denmark wants to attract more skilled workers from non-EU countries such as China, Russia, India, and the U.S. by relaxing its green card rules in order to address labor shortages.

The Positive List is a list of occupations that are in shortage in Denmark. Foreign workers from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area/Switzerland are eligible for work and residence permits under the Positive List scheme if they have a job offer in one of these occupations from a Danish employer.

Denmark Positive List Scheme

Denmark, like many nations, has a large number of occupations for which they are experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. Denmark maintains a large listing of shortage occupations called the Positive List. If you have a job offer from a Danish employer in an occupation on the Positive List, you can obtain a work and residence permit immediately under the Positive List scheme.

The average working week in Denmark is of 37 hours. The expected minimum salary in Copenhagen for a full-time position (gross) is of around 17000 DKK or 2580 USD per month.

The Positive List is a list of Occupations that are in Shortage in Denmark.

Engineering  – with a Bachelor Degree.

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Mechanical Engineer

 

Building Engineer

 

Environmental Engineer

 

Energy Engineer

 

Electrical Engineer

 

IT Engineer

 

                                                                                                           

Medicine

Denmark Medicine Job

Job Title

Requirements

Medical Consultant

Master’s degree*

Medical Doctor

Master’s degree*

Hospital Doctor

Master’s degree*

Consultant Doctor/Chief Physician

Master’s degree*

Dentist

Master’s degree*

Surgical Nurse

Bachelor’s degree*

Anaesthetic Nurse

Bachelor’s degree*

General Nurse

Bachelor’s degree*

Radiographer

Bachelor’s degree*

Medical Laboratory Technologist

Bachelor’s degree

IT and Networking

Job Title

Requirements

IT Architect

At least three years’ IT education

Programmer and System Developer

At least three years’ IT education

IT Consultant

At least three years’ IT education

Education – Bachelor Degree required

   

Primary and lower Secondary school teacher

 

Pedagogue

 

Social Pedagogue

 

Other Category

Job Title

Requirements

Land Surveyor

Master’s degree*

Pharmacist

Master’s degree*

Pharmacologist

Master’s degree

Auditor

Master’s degree

Business Controller

At least three years’ education at the university level or business school level

Financial Controller

At least three years’ education at the university level or business school level

Business Analyst

At least three years’ education at the university level or business school level

Attorney

Danish Bachelor’s and Master’s degree*

Legal Counsellor

Master’s degree

Psychologist

Master’s degree*

 

In October 2018, the Danish government presented a new immigration program, which is designed to simplify the process of hiring qualified specialists from abroad to Danish companies. As noted in the accompanying press release, the government initiative is based on the high growth rates of the Danish economy, low unemployment and, as a result, the difficulties of companies in filling vacancies with high qualification requirements.

As stated in the Danish government, the shortage of workers represents a real threat to the decline in the growth rate of the Danish economy and the deterioration of the general welfare of the country in the long term. Thus, labor migrants are beneficial to all Danes, because they will ensure further economic growth and contribute to filling the “public wallet”, they are confident in the government.

The central idea of the new immigration program was changed in the wage limits for citizens of 12 countries from outside the EU, who have significant trade with Denmark. If earlier a Danish company could hire a foreign worker from outside the EU for a salary of at least 418 thousand crowns, now it is proposed to lower this bar to 330 thousand crowns. Thus, the list of professions and the number of vacancies for which it will be economically feasible to hire foreigners will expand.

In addition, the program also expands the “positive list” of specialties for which there is an acute shortage of specialists today. Accordingly, foreigners with qualifications from this list may qualify for a Danish work visa.

Finally, the new program proposes to streamline and simplify some of the rules and procedures for applying for a visa extension for foreign nationals already working in Denmark.

“We have a strict immigration policy, so there is control over the influx. But we must also give Danish companies the best basis for attracting the necessary and skilled labor. Talented people from abroad bring great benefits to Denmark and are an important element of growth and progress, ”said Inger Stoiger, Minister for Immigration and Integration of Denmark.

So far this is only a plan of the government, which still has to approve the Danish Parliament. But if it is still approved, it is likely that the liberalization of migration rules in this country will continue.