Companies expect to create jobs

Swedish companies say they expect the number of new jobs to rise in the first three months of 2007. The jobs will largely be concentrated in eastern Sweden, with Stockholm leading the way.

The prediction comes in a report from recruitment company Manpower, which based its findings on information from employers. Östra Götaland, the area around Linköping and Nörrköping, expects the largest rise in newly created jobs compared to one year ago, with Stockholm and Uppsala counties also performing strongly.

The building, transportation and communications industries were those expecting to create the most new jobs. Electricity, heat and water suppliers submitted their strongest forecast since Manpower’s first survey in 2003.

The results of the survey are adjusted to take account of seasons, festivities and vacation periods. Manpower says that this technique gives a more accurate picture of the labour market.

“We are now starting to see the effects of the boom in form of more jobs, especially in Stockholm and south-eastern Sweden. We judge that Manpower’s goal of recruiting 10,000 people is within reach,” said Lars Forseth, managing director of Manpower Sweden.