Labour Market Report 2005

The report in Word

The Danish labour market in facts and figures, in Word


Every third person receiving welfare benefits is enrolled in one of four programs: ‘fleksjob’ (reduced work load or working hours due to diminished working capacity), social assistance, rehabilitation or sickness benefits.

More than one million Danes of working age are receiving some form of public welfare benefits. This corresponds to 28% of all 16-66-year-olds in the Danish population.

The majority of those receiving welfare benefits are outside the labour force and therefore not available to the labour market. There exists a ceiling on the possibilities to increase employment.

The number of persons on social assistance, sickness benefits, ‘fleksjob’ or rehabilitation programs has increased.

In 1995, 206,000 persons were receiving one of these four types of welfare benefits. Despite good employment possibilities during this period, the number of persons enrolled in these programs increased by about 55,000.

Erik E. Simonsen
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20. februar 2006
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