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Sweden is considered to be one of the most competitive economies in the world. It has a strong manufacturing sector and has been able to obtain strong growth in the service sector, including information and communication technologies. Policymakers stress the importance of ensuring that the skills of the population are fully developed and utilised; in relation to young people, the emphasis in this regard has been upon ensuring that they continue in education and training and complete their studies.

Overall employment has already passed its pre-2008 financial crisis level. Looking to the future, most employment growth over the period to 2025 will be in non-marketed (mainly public sector) services, with most job opportunities being for professionals. Meanwhile, Sweden is forecast to see an increase in demand for high- and medium-skilled workers, with demand for low-skilled workers decreasing. The share of Sweden’s labour force with high level qualifications is projected to increase in the same period, whilst the share of workers with medium, low or no qualifications is expected to decrease.

Sweden’s working-age population (15-64) will likely grow in the period to 2025. Labour market participation is expected to fall, but remain significantly higher than the EU average. Looking to the longer-term future, Sweden is expected to have a much lower old-age dependency ratio than the EU28 average.

Future employment growth (in %) in Sweden in 2015-2025 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employment rate

The employment rate indicates the percentage of people in employment over the population aged 20-64.

 

In 2015 the employment rate in Sweden was 80.45% compared to 70.00% in EU

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015 the size of employment in EU changed by 2.07% compared to 4.56% in Sweden .

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Sectors with the largest share in employment in Sweden in 2015 

  • Human health & social work activities 15.19%
  • Wholesale & retail trade 11.64%
  • Education 11.39% 
  • Manufacturing 10.41%
  • Real estate, professional & related activities 10.02% 

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Occupations with the largest share in employment in Sweden in 2015:  

  • Personal care workers 9.63%
  • Business & administration assoc. prof. 8.85%
  • Teaching professionals 6.87% 
  • Sales workers 5.48%
  • Business & administration professionals 5.30%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Sectors expected to have the strongest employment change over the period 2015-2025 in Sweden:

  • Education 18.04%
  • Real estate, professional & related activities 14.22%
  • Arts, recreation, and other activities 12.00% 
  • Construction 11.30% 
  • Electricity, gas, steam & air conditioning 11.25% 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment needs

The additional number of people who will be required to work in an occupation given projected changes in employment and replacement demands. 

Occupations expected to have the largest numbers of job openings in Sweden over the period 2015-2025:

  • Business & administration assoc. prof. 262,721
  • Personal care workers 249,812
  • Health professionals 206,648
  • Drivers & mobile plant operators 160,986
  • Business & administration professionals 132,168

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Related indicators

Employment share of occupations (%) in Sweden (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education profile (%) of the working age population in Sweden (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Age profile (%) of the working age population in Sweden (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Future employment growth (% change) across occupations in Sweden compared to EU in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

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