ERIC Number: ED410382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Danish Leave Schemes. Summary of a Report.
Andersen, Dines; Appeldorn, Alice; Weise, Hanne
An evaluation examined how the Danish leave schemes, an offer to employed and unemployed persons who qualify for unemployment benefits, were functioning and to what extent the objectives have been achieved. It was found that 60 percent of those taking leave had previously been unemployed; women accounted for two-thirds of those joining the scheme; and it was used frequently by employed persons who had formal vocational education/training. Employers concluded training leave agreements primarily with exceptionally competent and motivated employees. For nearly half who took leave, the principal objective was to improve qualifications and skills used in their present jobs and personal development. The great majority of employees who had been on leave were satisfied. Since a condition for parental leave was having a child under the age of nine, most persons who took it were younger than those who took training leave and were women. Most wanted to spend more time with their children; 80 percent suffered an economic loss by taking leave. A significant number of such leaves were longer than the statutory period. A substitute was recruited in 63-73 percent of the cases. Many substitutes appeared to belong to a permanent pool of temporary workers. Parental leave schemes led to a reduced demand for municipal child care facilities. Leave schemes led to a significant immediate decline in unemployment. A future positive effect could be job rotation; a negative impact would be "mismatch problems" where case workers with no or only a short preceedings unemployment periods behind them use the leave schemes. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Labour, Copenhagen (Denmark).
Identifiers - Location: Denmark