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Denmark Updates Wage Statistics for Skilled Foreign Workers on Positive List

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has recently announced that foreign skilled workers applying for jobs on the positive list will be subject to updated wage statistics.

Denmark Updates Wage Statistics for Skilled Foreign Workers on Positive List

This new update will be effective starting from August 1, 2023. Until that date, applications will continue to be evaluated based on the wage statistics from the third quarter of 2021.


SIRI utilizes wage statistics provided by Statistics Denmark to determine if the offered job meets the required Danish salary standards. The wage statistics are a crucial factor in ensuring that salary and employment terms align with the country's norms.


Foreigners applying for jobs on Denmark's Positive List for Skilled Work are required to submit a copy of their employment contract, along with a detailed account of all terms and conditions of employment. This documentation helps ensure that the salary and employment conditions are in line with Danish standards. If SIRI has any doubts regarding the adequacy of the salary and employment conditions, they may request an assessment from the relevant authority.


The Positive List for Skilled Work in Denmark comprises professions that are experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals. Individuals from other countries who are offered jobs listed on this positive list are eligible to apply for Danish residence and work permits under this scheme.

The positive list is updated every six months and currently includes various job positions. Among the professions Denmark is looking for to fill in the Positive List for Skilled Work are laboratory technicians, plumbers, technical designers, sales and account managers, medical secretaries, family counselors, IT operators, bookkeepers, chefs, hairdressers, landscape gardeners, electricians, telecommunications technicians, and bakers, among others.


It is worth noting that the job titles listed in the Positive List for Skilled Work will remain valid until December 31, 2023. After this date, the list will be updated with new positions and deadlines.


In addition to the Positive List for Skilled Work, Denmark also maintains a Positive List for People with a Higher Education, which consists of 30 job titles. These positions are aimed at attracting highly educated foreigners seeking employment opportunities in Denmark.

By fLEXI tEAM


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