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Danish job seekers reject low-paying jobs

Monday, 23 January 2012
Recently the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, insulated the unemployed in London, calling them lazy and asking then to learn from immigrants who are taking the low paying jobs in city at the expense of the British.  Such a phenomenon is not limited only to London.

In Denmark for example, Danes would not want to touch low paying jobs. Most of such jobs have been grabbed by foreigners in the past 10 to 15 years according to a new report. To get a better picture of this, 80 percent of the posts of dishwashers, cleaners and maids in the hotel and catering industry today in the country are now occupied by, among others Asians and Eastern Europeans.

Despite the weakening Danish economy and a growing unemployment, the trend has been increasing in recent years. According to Worker’s Union, 3F and the trade association HORESTA, reportsthe newspaper, Berlingske which also pointed to growing unemployment but yet the Danes will not touch low paying jobs.

According to the those organisations, they need workers which can be got straight way in the country but the unemployed lack motivation to work in those areas according to the director of Horesta, Katia Østergaard.

In some shops such as sushi chain, Dondon in Copenhagen, only five of a total of 60 full time employees are Danes and some of the reasons given is that they could not love working odd working hours. Other point of the short term nature of the jobs and weak pay.

“We see very few applications from Danes to full time in our kitchens. It is my impression that they are not interested in jobs with odd working hours. It is the hardest generation, I have experienced in my 25 years in business, says CEO Lars Matel-Hyllested.”


Currently 35,000 job seeker Danes live benefits and cash assistance, while 6,000 have been so continuously for six years, figures from the National Labour Market Authority show. At the same time, companies have unsuccessfully been looking for up to 8,100 employees both professional and unskilled to fill jobs since last fall.

But municipalities believe that they manage within the law. They are prepares to embark on reform to reform the benefit system. But these jobs however, seldom lead to a permanent job, so they try to give job training and work skill development with a future perspective.

But ministers do agree that there is the need to tighten the rules on benefits claims while improving the employability of the Danes in a more long term employment.

There is also the call of hotels and restaurants to consider doing work and salary more attractive, according to the chairman of the labour committee association, Erik Nielsen.

“If it is difficult to recruit, the industry should look at what makes people not seeking their job while other industries are doing. We saw for example, that when in home care sector changes took place, recruitment there improved,” he said.
By Scancomark.se Team

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