Now is the best time to start looking for summer jobs in Sweden

Now is the best time to start looking for summer jobs in Sweden
Many of the summer jobs on offer are in the healthcare, tourism, and food sectors. Photo: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson/TT
Whether you're a student, job-seeker, or keen to move to Sweden for work, it's the right time to start looking for summer and seasonal jobs.

The good news is that despite a slightly less strong labour market, there are likely to be plenty of vacancies over the summer season.

Over the past few years, there's been a trend for employers to prepare for the summer earlier and earlier, including advertising and hiring for temporary positions.

Between December and the end of January, 49,000 summer jobs were advertised via the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen). That's almost as many as were advertised over the same time period last year, which at the time was a record high.

In 2019, a further 79,000 summer roles were advertised between February and the start of summer.

“There's no sign that it will be any different this year,” said Johan Eklöf, an analyst at the Swedish Public Employment Service. 

He did note that the slightly weaker economy might mean fewer positions for summer temp workers in the industrial sector. But in the healthcare sector for example, there is just as great a need for nurses, nursing assistants, and similar roles.

“Healthcare isn't sensitive to market fluctuations,” noted Eklöf, who pointed to the hospitality and tourism industries as other sectors with strong possibilities for job-hunters.

“In February and March, the cafe jobs start to show up in the ads, so it's high time to start looking for them now,” he said.

Unlike many jobs in the healthcare sector, these roles typically don't require specialized education, making them especially suitable for young people or new arrivals in Sweden who are currently lacking the qualifications or Swedish language skills needed in many sectors.

It's also worth noting that the roles advertised through the Swedish Public Employment Service only represent a portion of the summer jobs available. Many private companies use other channels to advertise, including their own websites, social media, and the networks of existing employees, with a large number of jobs in Sweden obtained through personal connections.

Vocabulary

summer/holiday job — (ett) sommarjobb/feriejobb

last year — i fjol

state of the market/economy — (en) konjunktur

temp/substitute — (en) vikarie

(health)care — vård

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