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Sweden Faces Urgent Need for Competent Workers


The Swedish authorities have said that the country is dealing with shortages and needs more workers in certain sectors across the country.

Expressing concern about the current labour situation throughout Sweden, the Swedish Labour Market and Integration Minister Johan Pehrson, stressed that some parts of the country have a desperate need for personnel to fill job vacancies.

According to Minister Pehrson, despite the wakened economic situation in the country, many employers are currently looking to hire competent workers. He further highlighted the importance of getting education and training in order to become part of the labour market.

Some parts of the country are crying out for staff at the same time as unemployment is increasing. It doesn’t add up.

Swedish Labour Market and Integration Minister Johan Pehrson

Recent data from the Swedish Ministry of Labour and Employment reveal that in the last three months of 2024, employment decreased in the Swedish labour market while the number of unemployed people increased.

This means that there were not enough qualified people to fill out job positions in different sectors across the country.

Unemployment in Sweden increased to 8.0 per cent, and it is expected to continue to increase in the upcoming years, reaching 8.5 per cent in early 2025.

This corresponds to more than 40,000 more unemployed compared to 2023. The development is largely driven by rapidly rising unemployment among the foreign-born, which was already at much higher levels than the domestic-born.

Swedish Ministry of Labour and Employment

Previously, SchengenVisaInfo compiled a list of positions that Sweden is looking to fill. The list includes various positions, mainly in healthcare, IT, and education, among others.

In the second quarter of 2023, a total of 106,565 job openings were registered throughout Sweden. Such a number suggested even back then that the country was facing a labour shortage and needed more workers to deal with the situation.

Sweden has shortages of highly educated as well as skilled workers. In the highly educated group, Sweden is in need of midwives, civil engineers, system analysts and IT architects, software and system developers, police officers, nursing assistants, specialist nurses, primary school teachers, and special needs teachers and educators.

In the category of skilled workers, Sweden is in need of mobile farm and forestry plant operators, bus and tram drivers, plumbers and pipefitters, manufacturing machine operators, construction workers, motor vehicle mechanics and repairers, and welders, among others.

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