Sweden struggles with lack of skilled labour

A major survey published by the Swedish Employment Service, which is carried out twice per year has found that two-thirds of all public employers say they are having trouble to recruit the staff that they need, and over one-third of private employers say the same, reports Sveriges Radio. This is a historic high. ”If we hadn’t employed doctors from outside Sweden, then the hospital in Torsby would not have been able to work,” says Jörgen Byh, in charge of recruitment at Torsby Hospital. There are indications that employer are lowering their requirements for formal education and long-term professional experience, especially in the public sector, the employment service’s report suggests. The same forecast predicts that Sweden’s jobless rate will remain largely stable in the next two years, reports Dagens Nyheter. The number of jobs continues to grow, but so does the number of jobseekers. In 2017-2019 employment will increase by a total of 227,000 people, more than the agency had previously believed. At the same time, the number of jobseekers will increase from 350,000 people this year to 358,000 in 2019. The end result is an overall unemployment rate that does not fall significantly: from 6.8 percent this year to 6.6 percent in 2018 and 6.7 percent in 2019.

 

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Janetta Santalo is Mundus International's Head of Finland Affairs. She is also a regular contributor to the Monthly Policy Review and a writer for Mundus News. Janetta has worked as freelance journalist for various types of publications, with communications agencies, NGO's and media houses as clients. Besides journalism, her career consists of positions in public administration, human resources as well as teaching and coaching. Having lived in six countries: Finland, Sweden, US, France, Bulgaria and Croatia, Janetta is an avid follower of international affairs, politics and cultural trends around the world.