Nordic Growth Sectors How can working life policies contribute to improving the framework conditions?

Key findings and policy recommendations of the Nordic Council of Ministers' Globalisation Project

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The Nordic welfare states are facing new challenges in an increasingly globalised world. Fiercer competition has underlined the need for the Nordics to enhance competitiveness – and to support and nurse growth in industry and businesses. This report presents the key findings and policy recommendations of the project “Nordic Growth Sectors” Having identified growth companies in the Nordics, the project analyses growth drivers, the match between supply and demand of labour, the work environment in the companies, and growth and other companies’ perceptions of existing framework conditions and improvement needs. Based on the analyses and on a Nordic Policy Forum held in Copenhagen with participation of policymakers from the central administrations, labour market organisations, universities and growth companies, a set of policy reccommendations are developed, the most important of which are toIntroduce more flexible retirement schemes Deminish international recruitment red tape Prepare graduates better for employmentCreate national work environment “barometers” Introduce more flexible child care facilities Carry out costbenefit analysis of complex regulation



Case study: Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is exactly what the name implies – a technology. And as a technology it has vast application areas, from ski wax to medicine and to efficient solar cells, to name just a few. Nanotechnology can be the product of a company, such as a nanopowder, or it can be a modification of a small part of a production process which greatly enhances the properties of a key element in a complex product. In the latter case the workers might not be aware of the use of nanotechnology, and the company may not call itself a nanotechcompany. Thus it is not straight forward to draw a line between nanotech companies and non-nanotech companies, and in fact nanotech companies cannot be identified by a code in the registers of the central statistical bureaus.


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