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A study by the Danish Labour Market Board revealed that there were 9,400 so-called ‘unsuccessful recruitments’ in the first half of 2013. This is an increase of 3,400 compared with the same period last year.
“We have previously seen that the figures from the survey have been greatly misunderstood. It is important to clarify that the statement does not cover posts that it has been impossible to fill with unemployed applicants. Unsuccessful recruitment refers to filling a position, for example, trying to recruit a teacher but only hiring a nursery nurse. It is still classified as a recruitment problem even though the position has been filled,” said Chief Analyst of the Labour Movement AE, Frederik I. Pedersen.
At the same time, the jobsite, Jobnet, which specialises in jobs for the unemployed, reveals that there are remarkably few job postings for the private sector in Denmark. In May 2013, there were 5,800 private vacancies posted each day on Jobnet, below the lowest levels from 2004 and significantly less than between 2006 – 2008 when there was significant pressure on the labour market. Only 34% of companies with recruitment problems have turned to the specialist website for the unemployed.
According to Eurostat, Danish unemployment currently sits at 7%, below the Eurozone average of 12.2%, and below the European Union average of 11%. Denmark currently has the 6th lowest unemployment rate in Europe.