Over the next 10 years Sweden will need 65,000 teachers. A survey by Swedish Radio News reveals that many teachers are improving their pay by switching to new schools. To meet local shortfalls, municipalities often offer newly employed teachers salary lifts of up to several thousand kronor a month.
“We have a much higher turnover in personnel than we had previously,” Malmö city councillor Anders Rubin tells Swedish Radio News. “The problem if there’s a lot of movement,” he says, “is that there’s more uncertainty in the organization.”
International studies, teachers’ unions, and Swedish politicians have said that the teaching profession in this country needs more status if it is to attract the best educators, and for that higher salaries are needed. But municipalities have apparently been slow to do that during wage negotiations.
Stockholm is the municipality with the greatest need to find new teachers, and now offers the highest salaries. Teachers in the capital can earn up to SEK 50,000 a month. Olle Burell is School Commissioner on the Stockholm City Council. He says it’s important to create more interest in the teaching profession:
“We have to point out everything that is fantastic that is going on in our schools,” he says. “That it’s a positive profession where you meet young people at the beginning of their life journeys.”