Sweden's nurses are mostly employed by the local counties' health authorities.
Sweden's nurses are mostly employed by the local counties' health authorities. Credit: Nina Varumo / SvD / TT

Rapid pay growth for teachers and nurses

Union official: There is a competence shortage.
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Wages for Swedish teachers are up by 9 per cent, and for nurses 7 per cent over the past two years, as skills shortages in those professions mean many can to negotiate better pay.

The head of negotiations at the nursing union Vårdförbundet is Annelie Söderberg. She says that the employers who want to attract nurses are now having to make higher bids from the start.

Overall wages in Sweden are now SEK 29,900 per month for women and SEK 34,400 for men. The difference is because the professions dominated by women, such as teachers and nurses have historically been quite low paid.

But the recent rises mean that women's wages increased slightly more than men’s in the last two years.

The figures from Statistics Sweden were ordered by the Swedish union federation LO.

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