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... the labour market. Exhibit 209,878,343:

Vikarer er lavstatus og får den kolde skulder - Avisen.dk

Vikarjob i Danmark er typisk - i modsætning til udlandet - ufaglærte og stiller ikke store krav til uddannelse.Temp jobs in Denmark - unlike in other countries [read: English-speaking countries. Danish newsies don't read or speak French, German or Russian - Jake] - are typically unskilled and do not place great demands on education.
Derfor er der mindre prestige i dem, siger Jakob Tietge, chefkonsulent i Dansk Erhverv, og tilføjer:This makes them less prestigious, says Jacob Tietge, Senior Adviser to the Danish Chamber of Commerce, adding:
"Der er også en lidt negativ klang over ordet vikar, selv om mange vikarer har virkelig gode kompetencer, der er screenet af vikarbureaet. En af grundene kan være, at vi i folkeskolen husker vikartimer som mindre seriøse - i nogle tilfælde - en slags pause fra undervisningen.""There is also a slightly negative tone of the word "temp" [in Danish the term for "temporary worker" carries connotations of temporary replacement for an indisposed employee - Jake], although many temps have really good skills that are screened by their bureau. One reason may be that we remember lessons from replacement teachers in elementary school remember as less serious - in some cases - a sort of break from teaching."

Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that the Danish labour market is structured around full-time salaried employment, not temp work. It can't possibly be because temps serve the same institutional function as scabs. Perish the thought.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 02:00:11 PM EST
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