Swedish firms report hiring challenge: study

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It will probably come as little surprise to anyone trying to find somebody to do some work on their house or office, that Sweden is suffering from an acute shortage of craftsmen, according to a new report.


The survey, carried out by staffing firm Manpower reveals that, overall nearly 20 percent of employers are having severe problems finding suitably trained and qualified staff.

In the survey, 750 companies were asked for which areas they have most problems fining the right staff.

Those with the greatest skills and competence gaps included craftsmen, such as carpenters welders and masons, as well as cooks, technicians, those trained in forestry and agriculture, senior managers, engineers, drivers, sales people and middle managers.

Sweden is far from being the only country where employers are facing challenges finding the right people.

In another questionnaire taking in answers from over 43,000 employers in more than 30 countries, the Manpower Talent Shortage Survey underlined that finding the right talent is a global issue.

On a worldwide basis, the areas most in need of more trained and qualified staff are topped by trained craftsmen, salespeople, technicians and engineers.

Overall, 34 percent of employers signaled they had trouble filling open positions, double the rate in Sweden of 17 percent.

According to Manpower, the problems are the result of ageing populations around the world, in combination with falling birth figures and a general lack of relevant training and education.


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