12 December, 2020
The Danish employment system is built around the so-called flexicurity model which combines flexibility and security.
The model is rooted in a mutually beneficial employment system that employers and trade unions agreed upon more than a century ago to ensure a profitable and secure state. Acknowledging their conflicting interests, they made it a fundamental right for unions to conclude collective agreements to determine wages and working conditions on behalf of the employees. At the same time, they recognised the need for employers to reconfigure the workforce to adapt to changing market conditions.
In the Danish model, state interference is kept to a minimum, with the state’s primary role to secure an active labour market and get unemployed people back to work as quickly as possible. That is, offering training, assistance in the job search process, wage subsidies, and support to micro-entrepreneurs or independent workers.
No state regulations means, for instance, that there is no legal minimum wage in Denmark. Instead, the relatively high wages are set as part of the regular negotiations between the employers and trade unions. Strikes are uncommon in Denmark, because both sides have agreed on the overall terms and conditions. Dialogue and collaboration are key to the success of this model.
Today, the Danish model is often described as a ‘golden triangle’ with
With only a few exceptions, internationals working in Denmark are eligible to the same rights and obligations as Danish citizens – whether or not a member of a union.
As an employee, you can feel confident that if you lose one job, another one is likely to arise. Especially since employers are more willing to take a chance on someone, when hiring and firing is connected with a high degree of flexibility. But most importantly, the flexicurity system can provide you with enough peace of mind to seek new opportunities. That’s why Denmark is a great place not just to get an exciting job, but to build a whole career.
If that sounds like an environment you want to pursue your career in, take a look at open positions in Central Denmark: headstartcareer.dk/jobs