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Sweden requires thousands of foreign workers in several fields

Skilled workers required in IT, healthcare, and transportation sectors
A Palestinian worker fixes the Swedish flag at the Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem, on October 5, 2014. AFP
A Palestinian worker fixes the Swedish flag at the Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem, on October 5, 2014. AFP

Faced with a shortage of skilled labourers in several fields, Sweden needs more than 100,000 skilled workers, giving ample opportunities to foreigners to apply for a job of their expertise, Y-Asix reported on Friday.

Fields that need skilled labourers include IT, healthcare, engineering, education, construction, manufacturing, and machine operations.

It is pertinent to mention that Swedish law requires a foreigner to be offered a salary of at least €1,220 to get a Swedish work visa.

The most in-demand jobs include:

  • Doctors
  • Midwives
  • Civil engineers
  • Police officers
  • Primary school teachers
  • Nursing assistants
  • System analysts and IT architects
  • Software and system developers
  • Specialist nurses
  • Special needs teachers and educators

According to the European Labour Authority, around 41% of private employers said that they had faced a workers shortage when recruiting in the last six months along with 60% of public employers who also experienced a recruitment shortage in the same period.

Other than IT, and healthcare, Sweden is also facing a shortage of workers in the construction and skilled trades, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and machine operations sectors.

The most in-demand occupations related to these sectors include:

  • Healthcare assistants
  • Bus and tram drivers
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • Welders
  • Carpenters and Joiners
  • Manufacturing machine operators
  • Mobile farm and forestry plant operators
  • Agricultural and industrial machinery mechanics and repairers
  • Construction workers
  • Motor vehicle mechanics and repairers

Foreigners who have expertise in any specified occupation will have a higher chance of securing a Swedish work visa.

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