Foreign born have poorer matching in the labour market

Foreign born have poorer matching in the labour market

Statistics Sweden have published a report, which aims to describe the situation on the labour market for foreign born persons with post-secondary education, and to compare them with Swedish born persons with similar backgrounds.  The report found that foreign born persons in Sweden have skills that are not fully taken advantage of in the labour market.  Compared with Swedish born persons, foreign born persons are less often gainfully employed.Three out of four foreign born persons aged 25–64 with tertiary education were gainfully employed in 2015. However, compared with Swedish born persons, the status of foreign born persons on the labour market is worse. Among Swedish born persons with a post-secondary education, 90% were employed and only 1% were unemployed. This can be compared with a 6% unemployment rate among foreign born persons. Among those who have jobs, they often work in positions with lower competency requirements than Swedish born persons. Among engineering, natural science and business economics graduates, matching between and occupation’s competency requirements and education is substantially poorer among foreign born than among Swedish born persons. Matching is also worse for foreign born persons with a teaching or nursing education, but less so than among other graduates.

The full report is available here and includes a summary in English.

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Jessica Nilsson Williams is the CEO & Founder of Mundus International. She has a long-standing interest in international affairs, having studied and worked in the field for more than 20 years. She began her career as the political advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, and then worked in London and Singapore before returning to Stockholm. In 2011 she took up a senior role at the New Zealand Embassy before founding Mundus International in 2012. In addition to working for foreign missions, she has worked in sectors such as NGOs and non-profit organisations (e.g. the Clinton Foundation and the International Red Cross), and television.