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Sweden — Employers optimistic about hiring but concerned about skills shortage

02 June 2010

New research by job board CareerBuilder.se among 100 business leaders in Sweden shows that employers are feeling more confident about hiring plans over the next year. 46% of Swedish employers reported they plan to hire full-time workers in the next 12 months. 23% expect to employ contract or temporary workers.

Farhan Yasin, President of CareerBuilder EMEA, said "companies are starting to change their focus from cost cutting to growth and they are bringing back those areas most closely tied to revenue first. We expect to see gradual improvements in hiring in the second half of 2010 and into 2011, rather than a dramatic shift. Employers will remain cautious as they respond to new market dynamics."

Key areas of intended employment are:
  • Sales (50%)
  • Marketing (27%)
  • Accounting/Finance (27%)
  • Information Technology (21%)
  • Administrative (18%)
  • Customer Service (15%)
  • Business Development (12%)
Despite having an abundant labour pool to choose from, 23% of Swedish employers reported they currently have open positions for which they can't find qualified candidates. 24% believe there is a national skills shortage.

"As the country's financial health improves and the labour market recovers, you may see an even bigger gap between talent supply and demand in specialised areas," said Yasin. "Employers are taking measures today to improve their talent benches and retain top performers through investing more in training, flexible work arrangements and new recruitment strategies."



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