What do you do, if you are an employer and simply can't get the people you need to do the job that needs to be done? The lack of suitable labour in Sweden is now forcing more and more public as well as private employers into "alternative recruitment methods".
The hospitals are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit. Credit: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Record shortage of public sector workers

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The lack of suitable labour in Sweden is now forcing more and more public as well as private employers into "alternative recruitment methods".

In the big forecasting survey published by the Swedish Employment Service, that is carried out twice per year, two thirds of all public employers say they are having trouble to recruit the staff that they need, and over one third of private employers say the same. This is a historic high.

"If we hadn't employed doctors from outside Sweden, then the hospital in Torsby would not have been able to work," says Jörgen Byh, in charge of recruitment at Torsby Hospital.

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