Denmark has the world’s  

best workforce

2012.07.10

A study by Heidrick & Struggles analyses which markets within global economies have the most qualified labour force. The Nordic countries turn out to be frontrunners with Denmark taking the lead.

Motivated Danish employees

The results of the study are based on an assessment of the following variables: Researchers in R&D, technicians in R&D, quality of workforce, quality of labour force, language skills of the labour force, technical skills of the labour force and local managers.

The top ten of the most qualified labour market in 2011, according to Heidrick & Struggles survey:

1.     Denmark
2.     Finland
3.     Israel
4.     United States
5.     Sweden
6.     Singapore
7.     Canada
8.     Switzerland
9.     Australia
10.   Germany

Project Manager Dinna Aamund from Invest in Denmark is not surprised by the findings of the study:

- ”The Danish workforce is one of the key reasons why foreign companies choose Denmark. They find the Danish workforce to be highly motivated and skilled, very independently working and with a will to learn. Moreover it is easy to recruit specialized labour within progressive sectors such as cleantech, life science and ICT.”

Flexicurity and competitive labour costs

In addition to a very well-educated population with excellent foreign language skills, the Danish “flexicurity” model offers a flexibility in hiring and firing practices which is unique in Europe. Wages and work hour rules are negotiated between labour market organizations or directly in the company to best address market conditions and business needs.

Danish wages may seem high compared to other European countries, but the when both wages and non-wages are taken into consideration the overall labour costs are very competitive, as employers have low cost burdens in terms of social security and labour taxes.

Read more about the Danish labour market and about hiring Danish employees here on the website.

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