There is no erosion of the average contracts of employment in the German labour market states the DIW Berlin in its latest weekly report. The part time occupations and temporary jobs hold an increasing proportion in the labour market, though, not at the expense of full time jobs. More and more people work part-time, a tendency which can be observed throughout Europe.
Particularly women work part-time in Germany. A Europe-wide comparison revealed that an increased employment rate among women can not only be achieved with the help of part-time jobs. Denmark ranks first in Europe with respect to women employed in long-term full-time jobs. Denmark also provides a elaborate system of child care and a well conceived catalogue of measures in order to support occupation for women.
Denmark also holds the highest European employment rate. Unemployed persons are integrated into the first labour market with the help of a job-rotation model. If jobholders, participate in further education programs, their vacant positions are filled by unemployed persons for this period. This model is financed by the state. The percentage of unemployed persons who are given long term contracts afterwards is high, which means that they are permanently integrated into the labour market. In addition to that, a weak dismissal protection has also a positive effect on the number of long term jobs. The combination of both, a weak dismissal protection and a good social protection for the unemployed, seems to turn the Danish way into a socially acceptable concept of labour market flexibility.