New service makes life easier for jobseekers in Denmark
The International Citizen Service (ICS) provides help to people arriving in Denmark for work. Established at the beginning of 2011, it provides a “one-stop-shop” for registering with the Danish Tax and Customs Administration, the regional state administration and the local municipal administration.
Workindenmark, the Danish government agency for international recruitment and job seeking which operates the ICS offices, set up the service in response to recommendations from businesses and foreign employees. “Previously the process of registering as an employee in Denmark was often confusing and time-consuming,” according to Marianne Hansen, Director of Workindenmark East.
How ICS can help EURES jobseekers
The introduction of the ICS offers many advantages for EURES jobseekers. European citizens can register with local authorities and obtain a Danish tax card, social security card and medical card all in one go whereas in the past they would have had to visit a number of different offices.
As well as offering a significantly simplified registration process, the ICS offices are staffed with EURES personnel and are able to provide the other services of Workindenmark. Services include guidance and practical help with issues such as job-hunting, student jobs, the Danish tax system and Danish courses, as well as a wealth of information on childcare, accommodation, schooling and social activities.
ICS offices are located in Denmark’s four largest cities: Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Odense. The offices are open two days per week for four hours at a time. People wishing to make use of the service can either turn up on the day or contact the offices by telephone or email.