Record number of job adverts for engineers in Denmark
Sidst opdateret: Monday, 23. February 2015 - 12:57 / jkj
There is a great demand for engineers across Denmark. The demand is the highest since the height of the recession in 2009
Today there are more than 6 times as many job advertisements for engineers compared to September 2009 when the crisis was at its highest in Denmark, according to IDA’s index of available positions.
“Of course, it is good news for engineers that the demand for their skills and competences is going up. However, it’s a problem for Danish companies who may have to reject orders or delay company expansions because of the lack of knowledge workers.”, according to the chairman of The Council of Employees at IDA, Morten Thiessen.
Lack of engineers across the country
Surveys show that the lack of engineers is a country-wide phenomenon. In Southern Jutland they need structural-, electrical-, mechanical-, production-, and IT-engineers, while on Funen they sorely require engineers who are specialists in the field of energy. On the companies’ wish list in Western Jutland are primarily mechanical engineers, and in Eastern Jutland there are plenty of jobs for IT-, mechanical-, and structural engineers. In Zealand and in Bornholm employers are in dire need of specialists in the fields of electrical-, structural-, environmental-, and IT-engineering.
“Unfortunately, the employment policy increasingly target unemployed with the least education. It is a problem for companies who require highly qualified and specialised workers that the job centres lack the tools to help match the companies’ demand for highly educated labour with the relevant unemployed people”, says Morten Thiessen.
We must be better at branding Denmark
According to Morten Thiessen, we have to be better at branding the Danish labour market to foreign knowledge workers.
“We have several good schemes making it easier for Danish companies to recruit knowledge and competence from abroad. Unfortunately, few highly educated foreigners know that Denmark is an attractive place to work with plenty of career opportunities and a great work-life balance. We can do much better. The countries surrounding Denmark also lack highly skilled engineers. We have to compete with them in order to attract the best and the brightest workers. We will lose this competition for engineers if we don’t make Denmark a paradise for knowledge workers”, says Morten Thiessen.