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Public administration, education and health constitute the largest sectors of employment in Denmark, employing almost one third of the workforce. Denmark also has a strong industrial base and is one of the leaders in green energy. Denmark has enjoyed relatively low levels of unemployment over the recent years, which meant that it was relatively easy for those without formal qualifications to find work. This has been changing more recently; as a result, ensuring that young people in particular obtain those qualifications that will allow them to transition successfully from school to work has become a policy priority. Denmark has a particularly high share of people who have completed tertiary education.

Looking to the future, employment is projected to pass its 2008 pre-crisis level by 2021-22 and continue to grow thereafter. In the period to 2025, it will be the business and other services sector that experiences the most employment growth, with most job opportunities in the professional occupational group.

In the period to 2025 Denmark is forecast to experience increased demand for highly skilled workers, and decreasing demand for medium- and low-skilledlow-skilled workers. This mirrors the projected change in workforce qualifications; by 2025, the share of Denmark’s labour force with high level qualifications is projected to further increase, whilst the share of workers with medium, low or no qualifications is expected to fall in the same period.

Denmark’s working-age population (15-64) is projected to grow in the period to 2025, with labour market participation rising. Looking further forward to 2060, Denmark is expected to have among the lowest old-age dependency ratios in the EU28.

Future employment growth (in %) in Denmark in 2015-2025 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employment rate

The employment rate indicates the percentage of people in employment over the population aged 20-64.

 

In 2015 the employment rate in Denmark was 76.46% compared to 70.00% in EU

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015 the size of employment in Denmark changed by 1.82% compared to 2.07% in EU .

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Sectors with the largest share in employment in Denmark in 2015 

  • Health & social care 17.40%
  • Wholesale & retail trade 14.44%
  • Manufacturing 11.94% 
  • Education 9.50%
  • Professional services 6.52% 

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Occupations with the largest share in employment in Denmark in 2015:  

  • Office associate professionals 8.76%
  • Teaching professionals 8.70%
  • Care workers 7.74% 
  • Sales workers 7.33%
  • Office professionals 4.47%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Sectors expected to have the strongest employment change over the period 2015-2025 in Denmark:

  • Finance & insurance 50.13%
  • Professional services 23.14%
  • ICT services 14.00% 
  • Health & social care 8.46% 
  • Education 7.70% 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment needs

The additional number of people who will be required to work in an occupation given projected changes in employment and replacement demands. 

Occupations expected to have the largest numbers of job openings in Denmark over the period 2015-2025:

  • Office associate professionals 195,732
  • Teaching professionals 157,025
  • Office professionals 123,845
  • Care workers 89,995
  • Health professionals 88,636

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Related indicators

Employment share of occupations (%) in Denmark (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education profile (%) of the working age population in Denmark (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Age profile (%) of the working age population in Denmark (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Future employment growth (% change) across occupations in Denmark compared to EU in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

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