Swedish public sector crying out for IT talent

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Swedish public sector crying out for IT talent
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The Swedish public sector reports that it is getting more and more difficult to find IT staff to fill a skills gap.


In autumn 2021, 68 percent of state sector employees told the Swedish Agency for Government Employers’ survey that they had a shortage of suitable applicants. That’s up from 44 percent the year before, and a return to pre-pandemic levels, reports Publikt, a magazine published by the ST trade union.


Digital skills are sorely needed. As many as 39 percent of employers said they had a shortage of system developers and system administrators, and 27 percent reported a shortage of IT staff in areas such as operation, maintenance and support.

According to the survey, there is also a lack of legal professionals. Almost half of employers working in the areas of social security and public administration report a shortage of these professionals.

At the same time, the number of state sector employers struggling to retain employees is falling – in 2021, only 12 percent of respondents had had such issues. However, this percentage is higher in some sectors than others: in the education sector, one in four employers reported difficulties retaining staff.


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