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Getting a medic's job in Sweden

Bisonex
post 12.Sep.2009, 04:39 PM
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Our eldest daughter, age 25, has just separated from her partner and is coming to visit us next month here in Sweden. She presently has a job in a UK hospital as an SHO, but it's only a 12-month contract and it ends next June. My wife and I were wondering what the criteria are for her getting a job in a Swedish hospital. Would she get any assistance in learning Swedish quickly before she starts work? We have heard that the pay in Sweden is considerably lower than it is in the UK for SHO equivalents - is that true? And would she be able to benefit from the special tax rates offered to certain occupations?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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smokin joe
post 12.Sep.2009, 05:09 PM
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my wife is a neuro intensive care and anastetic nurse.
she earns 400k per year before tax.takes home around 1800 quid a month.
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Puffin
post 12.Sep.2009, 05:16 PM
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What is her speciality?

Obviously she will need to speak very good Swedish to be employable - there are some heath authorities that have active recruitment policies for overseas doctors and will arrange a training programme combined with work based training etc however I'm not sure what is happening with these given the credit crunch and financial problems of some Landsting - she could perhaps contact a few. If she wants to work in an region with severe recruitment problems - then it may be easier

Being a SHO I guess would equate to an ST läkare in Sweden - the pay is not great - perhaps around 32,000-38,000 kr/month - although it depends on speciality - if she has a shortage speciality then she might be able to negotiate more. This would be for the standard 40 hour week - if she does on-call work then this can pay considerably more
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Bisonex
post 12.Sep.2009, 05:20 PM
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smokin'

That seems to compare reasonably with the UK, but your wife is a nurse. We were told that SHOs actually earn quite a bit less in Sweden than in the UK and the taxes are a fair bit higher. Does your wife know what sort of salary my daughter would be on?

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smokin joe
post 12.Sep.2009, 05:23 PM
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hi bisionex.
i just asked her..she has no idea what a normal nurse earns..but less than her she said.
sorry.
she will have to be fluent swedish of course
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Bisonex
post 12.Sep.2009, 07:03 PM
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Puffin

Thanks for the info. You have confirmed what I was told, namely that the pay for SHO grades is fra lower in Sweden than in the UK. She presently earns about £44,000 p.a., which translates to the equivalengt of around SEK42,000 per month. Her specialism is paediatrics, and she would want to work in Halland, Gothenburg or Malmo, so she could live in our granny flat and commute.

Smokin Joe

She doesn't speak any Swedish. She would have to learn the language from scratch, although she has a bit of knowledge of Danish which might help.

She's not a nurse, she's a junior doc.

Bisonex
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Puffin
post 13.Sep.2009, 07:57 AM
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It will be lower in the start - although generally in Sweden it's quicker to make consultant (it's one of the reasons so many Danish doctors work in Sweden) - the other thing is to bear in mind on call allowances - many doctors earn 25-50% of their salary again.

It would be worth contacting the health authorities - to see if they are running any recruiting drives for overseas doctors with a language/training package
Landstinget Halland - http://www.lthalland.se/default____28508.aspx
Västra Götalandsregionen - http://www.vgregion.se/en/Vastra-Gotalands...astra-Gotaland/
Region Skåne - http://www.skane.se/

Another possibility would be to look around to see if there are any English speaking private clinics that might employ her on a part time consultancy basis while she is getting her language up to speed
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Bisonex
post 13.Sep.2009, 09:16 AM
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Thanks, Puffin, I'll pass that on to her.

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