Faced with a shortage of skilled labourers in several fields, Sweden needs more than 100,000 skilled workers, giving ample opportunities to foreigners to apply for a job of their expertise, Y-Asix reported on Friday.
Fields that need skilled labourers include IT, healthcare, engineering, education, construction, manufacturing, and machine operations.
It is pertinent to mention that Swedish law requires a foreigner to be offered a salary of at least €1,220 to get a Swedish work visa.
The most in-demand jobs include:
- Civil engineers
- Police officers
- Primary school teachers
- Nursing assistants
- System analysts and IT architects
- Software and system developers
- Specialist nurses
- Special needs teachers and educators
According to the European Labour Authority, around 41% of private employers said that they had faced a workers shortage when recruiting in the last six months along with 60% of public employers who also experienced a recruitment shortage in the same period.
Other than IT, and healthcare, Sweden is also facing a shortage of workers in the construction and skilled trades, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and machine operations sectors.
The most in-demand occupations related to these sectors include:
- Healthcare assistants
- Bus and tram drivers
- Plumbers and pipefitters
- Carpenters and Joiners
- Manufacturing machine operators
- Mobile farm and forestry plant operators
- Agricultural and industrial machinery mechanics and repairers
- Construction workers
- Motor vehicle mechanics and repairers
Foreigners who have expertise in any specified occupation will have a higher chance of securing a Swedish work visa.