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Working in Denmark

Danish job market is tight, especially in the IT sector. Some IT specialists with Green cards are still unemployed after one to one and half years of search. Women are also very active players in the country’s labor market.

The Danish government has put together schemes that make it easier for highly trained professionals to get work permits. They put together something called a Positive List; this identifies the types of professionals in short supply in Denmark. People with job offers in fields listed in Positive List can easily enter the Danish job market. Pay Limit scheme allows people with job offers carrying annual pays above a certain set limit to work in Denmark easily. The Corporate scheme allows employees of associate companies situated outside of Denmark to station their employees in Denmark for a given period of time. There is also a Green card scheme.

It is important to understand the Danish mind-set and culture if one wishes to succeed in the Danish workforce. Danes frown upon changes and are not high risk takers. Foreign labor means both of these things. Also a majority of the Danish companies are small and thus, fall in the low risk taking group. Hence, in order to get ahead in the Danish workforce means adapting the Danish way of life. It means learning the Danish language even if one is employed in an English speaking environment. It also means learning the Danish culture and customs. It means reaching out to the Danish people. If one succeeds at this, they will find that Danish people are very loving and welcoming people.


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