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Inclusion: Danske Bank taps into the neurodivergent talent pool

Morten Larsen is one of the most requested IT developers in Danske Bank right now. His employment is the result of a new partnership with Specialisterne, an organisation that helps neurodivergent people release their potential in companies worldwide.

In 2022, Danske Bank’s Technology & Services organisation entered into a partnership with Specialisterne – a non-profit organisation that help companies integrate more neurodiversity into their workforce and include those who think and solve problems differently.

In the bank’s technology organisation, 11 consultants are employed – and more are joining soon. One of the consultants is Morten. In his own words, Morten would never had been hired for a job through a ‘normal’ job application process - but through Specialisterne, he was hired for a position in Danske Bank.

“I am good at computer coding, that language is natural for me. I am happy to be in a place where my colleagues respect me and include me,” he says.

Today, Morten has become a popular IT developer in Danske Bank:


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Turn bias into a competitive advantage
The purpose of Specialisterne is to harness the special characteristics and talents of people with for e.g. autism and use them as a competitive advantage, and as a means to help them secure meaningful employment.

In Danske Bank, the 11 consultants bring new perspectives on everything from the development of IT systems, process optimisations and generally more openness about being different – to the benefit of both colleagues and customers of Danske Bank:

“Some people have bias against neurodivergent people: Do you need to change how you work and plan everything in advance? The answer is no. In our part of the organisation, we already work agile and very structured, and this fits Morten’s way of working. He is a fast learner and very talented, and he is actually one of our most requested developers at the moment,” says Gitte Skoubo, who is Morten’s leader in the Digital Core DK Tribe in Danske Bank.

Due to the success so far, Danske Bank is currently in the process of hiring more consultants from Specialisterne:

“There are many talented people like Morten out there. Neurodivergent people have so much potential and bring so much value to the teams and the organisation as a whole. It’s a win-win situation. The consultants bring their special talent and skills to the table, and they are happy to work at a place where their talent can shine,” says Frans Woelders, Group COO at Danske Bank. 


It’s a win-win situation. The consultants bring their special talent and skills to the table, and they are happy to work at a place where their talent can shine. 

Frans Woelders

Group COO, Danske Bank



Part of the bank’s strategic focus
The partnership with Specialisterne is part of the bank’s efforts to become a better bank towards 2023 for both employees, customers, investors and society at large.

By creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace, where everyone gets equal opportunities and are able to contribute with their specific competencies, Danske Bank wants to strengthen employee satisfaction and engagement, and create better solutions for the customers.

Another example of a recent initiative is a partnership with ReDI School of Digital Integration, where women with migrant or refugee background in Denmark are offered internships, whereby they advance their IT skills and professional network.


More about Specialisterne

  • Specialisterne harness the special characteristics and talents of people with autism and use them as a competitive advantage, and as a means to help people with autism secure meaningful employment.
  • Their employees work as business consultants on tasks such as software testing, programming and data entry for the public and private sectors.
  • Specialisterne has operations in numerous locations around the world.
  • The collaboration between Specialisterne and Danske Bank was established in the spring of 2022.
  • Elleven consultants were hired, and due to the success, the hiring process for more consultants has been initiated.

Read more about Specialisterne