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Labour Market Tendency Survey 2020

Major shortage of district nurses

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2020-12-09 9.30

The Labour Market Tendency Survey 2020 shows a continued shortage of many educational groups represented in healthcare. There is a large shortage of recently graduated district nurses, nurse practitioners and diagnostic radiology nurses. There is also a shortage of educators and teachers, as well as recent graduates with upper secondary vocational education.

Large shortage of many educational groups in healthcare

The Labour Market Tendency Survey 2020 shows that the largest proportion of employers reported a shortage of recent graduates in the district nurse educational group. Just over 9 in 10 employers noted a shortage of both recent graduates and those with professional experience.

The shortage of other educational groups represented in healthcare is also large. A large proportion of employers stated that there is a shortage of recently graduated nurse practitioners in psychiatric care, diagnostic radiology nurses and nurse practitioners in anesthesia, intensive care, and surgical care.

Shortage of teachers and educators

There remains a large shortage of certain types of teachers and educators. Just over 8 in 10 employers reported a shortage of recent graduates with an education in specialised teaching. An equal proportion of employers considered that there is a shortage of recently graduated leisure time pedagogues. Employers also reported a large shortage of teachers in mathematics and science and about half of the employers estimated that the number of employees will increase in three years’ time.

Shortage of applicants with certain upper secondary vocational education persisted

The shortage of employees with upper secondary vocational training remains large, although it has decreased somewhat compared with the previous year. Among the 13 upper secondary programmes included in the survey, employers stated a shortage of employees in 7 educational groups. The shortage of transport graduates is largest; 8 in 10 employers reported difficulties in recruiting recent graduates.

Increased need to recruit people in technology and manufacturing

In the long term, there is a large need to recruit people in the field of technology and manufacturing. Almost 7 in 10 employers stated that they will need to increase the number of employed engineers in energy and electrical engineering, as well as engineers in electronics, computer technology and automation. Other educational programmes in which the need is expected to rise are those in healthcare. Employers reported an increased need to recruit both diagnostic radiology nurses and nurse practitioners in anesthesia, intensive care, surgical care in three years’ time.

Good or balanced supply of certain educational groups

In certain fields of education, employers assess that the supply of staff is good or in balance. Journalism and law are examples of educational groups in which employers continued to report a good supply of recent graduates. Other examples include the field of science, in which employers consider that the supply of newly graduated biologists, chemists and physicists is balanced.

Educational programmes in which the largest proportion of employers have reported shortage of recent graduates and applicants with professional experience, respectively
Recently graduatedWith professional experience

District nurses

Nurse practitioners in psychiatric care
Nurse practitioners in psychiatric care District nurses
Diagnostic radiology nurses Leisure time pedagogues
Religious studies and theology education Diagnostic radiology nurses
Nurse practitioners in anesthesia, intensive care and surgical care Industrial programme*

 

*Upper secondary education

Educational programmes in which the largest proportion of employers predict that the number of employees will increase
Up to 2023 

Master of Science in Engineering in energy and electrical engineering

Master of Science in Engineering in electronics, computer technology and automation

Architecture

Nurse practitioners in anesthesia, intensive care and surgical care

Midwifery

Definitions and explanations

The Labour Market Tendency Survey 2020 is a survey that provides information on the current labour market situation and prospects for the coming years for 70 educational programmes, of which 13 are at upper secondary level and 57 are in higher education. Every year, 10 000 forms are sent to about 7 200 personnel managers at selected workplaces. Questions are asked about the supply of applicants (good supply/balanced/shortage), and how they expect the number of employees from the current educational programmes to change in a one-year and in a three-year perspective (increase/no change/decrease).

Publication

The results of the Labour Market Tendency Survey are published in the Statistical Database. Time series, including margins of uncertainty, from 2005 to 2020 for all 70 educational programmes are presented.

The results will also be published in the folder “Arbetskraftsbarometern 2020 – Vilka utbildningar ger jobb”, which is mainly addressed to pupils and students who will be choosing their training and educational programmes. The folder presents statistics on each programme and summarises the results of the year, together with statistics on wages and salaries, and other facts about the programmes.

Labour Market Tendency Survey 2020 

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Statistical Database

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