Denmark, 2021-09-20 10:16:00 , www.berlingske.dk
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Companies are struggling with beaks and claws on all fronts to get new employees. Complaints from employers about labour shortages are certainly not an expression of laziness.
This is what it sounds like from two of the major employers' organisations in Denmark in the form of Danish Industry, DI and HORESTA.
The statements come after the president of the trade union movement's main organization, FH, Lizette Risgaard, told Berlingske she is "furious" at employers' complaints about labor shortages. It's an expression of "laziness," says Lizette Risgaard, pointing out that there are still plenty of ways to provide more labor.
But this is not how DI thinks the world is connected.
"I certainly don't think it can be argued that companies aren't doing enough. We see that companies are really taking a lot of initiatives to get more employees. They search on even more platforms than they usually do. There are messages on Facebook, LinkedIn and contact with the WW funds', says DI deputy director Steen Nielsen.
"There are even companies that get into the media. Obviously, for a company, one of the worst things that can happen is that they have tasks that can't be performed because they don't have employees. This means they lose customers and have to drive at a lower capacity," he says.
Steen Nielsen emphasizes that companies do everything they can to get the necessary employees.
"Lizette Risgaard should realize the situation we are in. There are many companies that do not have staff. I am quite sure that the members of the Trade Union Movement's Main Organization experience this on a daily basis. It's become very easy to find that job. It seems that FH is talking nonsense, because there are some proposals for reforms, they prefer not to take a position, «Says Steen Nielsen.
Posting a vacancy in Finnish
Some of the tools that, according to FH, can be used to provide more manpower include getting more immigrants into work and getting better at keeping up with seniors. In addition, Lizette Risgaard mentions that there are a total of 15-16 million unemployed in the other EU countries. It's a huge amount of work that's ready to pick up, says Lizette Risgaard.
But that's not quite the case. Experience shows that it is not always the unemployed from other EU countries who come to Denmark to work.
'There are many unemployed people in the EU, but it seems like an excuse if the trade union movement constantly mentions them. If the conversation is about how we get them to Denmark, it's a different matter. It sounds tempting to the unemployed, but when we look at who it is who comes to the country, it is primarily people who are working. It's not the unemployed. We really want to participate in a dialogue about how we can get more of them to work and bring them to Denmark," says Steen Nielsen.
He is well aware that the Labour Movement's Business Council has just carried out a study which shows that Danish companies are lagging far behind when it comes to posting vacancies in the common European job database, Euros. Danish companies have created only 2,902 jobs. By comparison, the Swedes have posted 60,000 jobs and the Norwegians 39,000.
However, Steen Nielsen highlights a problem with the many postings.
"If we look at the Finnish companies, they have created 24,000 jobs, but almost all of them are in Finnish. Only a good number are in English. I don't know why there are so many vacancies from Finland, for example, but I don't think the AE comparison is entirely real. If companies really want to use the database, they can start writing in a language that everyone in the EU can understand," says di's deputy director.
A large "corona debt"
The whole debate about labour shortages has only really taken off after the Danish economy was turned on a record record at almost record speed after its reopening in early May. In the spring of 2020, all the horror scenarios came to the fore very clearly with a sharp rise in unemployment and a sharp decline in employment due to the shutdown.
But we got through the severe crisis very easily and now the picture is very different. The hotels and restaurants are some of those who have really felt the closure and the corona crisis and who are now having better times.
It also means that there is a shortage of labour in that sector. Part of the solution to that problem is to hire more employees on time, according to the trade union movement.
Jan Vinther Laursen is director of restaurant chain Bone's and chairman of HORESTA. He is almost saddened to hear the views of the trade union movement and Lizette Risgaard on labour shortages.
»Too many vacancies lead to, that the jobs cannot be filled. If it were just part-time jobs, we would be much more toying with the premise of getting people on the job on time. But there are just as many chefs and other positions that cannot be filled," says Jan Vinther Laursen.
"It is good that these discussions about labour shortages are being started, but it would be good if it were done on an informed basis. It is often a voluntary choice with a shorter time. If that were not the case, it would be the part-time positions that are difficult to fill, but it is not', says Jan Vinther Laursen.
He points out that many companies have built up significant 'corona debt' with the prospect of long-term liquidation, and a number of companies have gradually lost large parts or even all of their own capital.
"It worries for the future – also in the context of restrictions on access to labour. It's harder to make the money that's been lost when you have to say no to guests," says Jan Vinther Laursen.
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