Doctors and truckers in high demand

James Savage
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If you want a job in Sweden, you could do worse than training to be a truck driver or nursery school teacher. But if you've got your heart set on being a receptionist, job hunting could prove tough, according to a new survey by state-run labour exchange AMS.


The number of people in work is expected to increase by 90,000 during 2007, according to AMS. The increase is expected to create difficulties in recruitment in some fields, but other areas will see a continued lack of vacancies.

The building sector is one area in which demand for labour outstrips supply. The number of people working in construction is expected to increase by 8,000, and half of all construction companies in Sweden are reporting difficulties in recruitment.

There is a shortage of bricklayers, carpenters and electricians in many parts of the country. Demand is also high for architects and engineers.

While nursery school teachers are in high demand, the need for more schoolteachers is smaller, with a good supply of candidates graduating from teacher training college.

In healthcare, increased spending by local authorities has increased demand for highly qualified medical staff, including doctors, dentists and higher-grade nurses. For less qualified staff, such as healthcare assistants, finding a job is still likely to be difficult.

Other professions that are crying out for new workers are truck driving, with 6,000 vacancies expected to be advertised this year.

The IT industry is expected to employ another 9,000 people in 2007, although employers are finding it hard to recruit sufficient numbers of qualified staff. Yet despite demand for programmers and system designers, interest in university IT courses has fallen.

Accountants are also highly sought-after, while people with degrees in the humanities and social sciences are finding it harder to get jobs. There is also an oversupply of office clerical staff such as receptionists and customer service advisors.

AMS director general Bo Bylund welcomed the figures.

"It is encouraging that jobs are being created in such a wide range of areas," he said.

"Too many people still don't have work and the new jobs are needed," he said. But, he added, it is "worrying" that many employers are finding it hard to recruit.

"There is a risk that companies will be unable to grow as they planned, and that the new jobs don't come as quickly as they might otherwise have done."


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