International workers increase Danish growth

In a few years, when Denmark will be short of highly qualified workers – up to 30,000 in 2030 – the prospects of supplementing Danish engineers, IT specialists and economists with foreign experts have great perspectives.
Highly qualified foreigners will contribute to enhancing the productivity of Danish companies and increasing Danish growth, according to a DI analysis presented at the DI Annual Conference Tuesday.

The analysis shows that 1,000 non-Danes with higher education will strengthen Denmark’s economy by some DKK 1.3 billion annually. This corresponds to the value creation of 1,500 Danish jobs.

The rise in GDP is the result of direct and indirect gains – or so-called derived gains – from increasing the number of highly qualified employees.

In the manufacturing industry alone, the employment of 1,000 non-Danish workers with graduate and higher degrees in technical or social sciences will lead to productivity improvements that will increase GDP by DKK 1.2-1.3 billion annually.

An increase of GDP by DDK 1/2 – 3/4 billion annually
Correspondingly, attracting non-Danes to the service sector will increase GDP by DKK 1/2 – ¾ billion annually, according to the DI analysis.

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