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Labor shortage: Sweden is recruiting for more than 43 THOUSAND job openings in the areas of technology, construction, healthcare, cooks, technicians and much more! 

Written by Valdemar Medeiros
Published 16/06/2024 às 01:03
Labor shortage: Sweden is recruiting for more than 43 THOUSAND job openings in the areas of technology, construction, healthcare, cooks, technicians and much more!
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A severe labor shortage in Sweden has led the country to face a significant deficit and open thousands of job openings to foreigners. These vacancies cover diverse areas, offering broad opportunities for qualified professionals from all over the world.

Sweden opens thousands of vacancies to foreigners due to severe labor shortage: Due to a severe labor shortage, Sweden is in urgent search for foreign workers to fill vacancies in various sectors. According to the Swedish Labor Minister, some regions of the country are crying out for qualified professionals. In the second quarter of last year alone, around 106.560 job vacancies were registered in Sweden. This situation creates a unique opportunity for foreigners who wish to work in one of the most developed countries with a high quality of life.

Vacancies in Sweden: Which areas are in demand in 2024?

According to Swedish Public Employment Service, hundreds of professions are in short supply with labor shortages in Sweden. For example: andnurses, IT specialists, engineers, teachers, electricians, cooks and carpenters continue to be in high demand. Furthermore, the Swedish employment agency states that, in five years, the deficit of qualified labor in the country should be 100 thousand people. 

With this in mind, the government agency presented a new forecast for 200 professions, highlighting a continued lack of qualified professionals and, consequently, the availability of good vacancies in Sweden in several areas for 2024.

The agency's report, which addresses labor shortages in Sweden, is based on interviews with more than 14 thousand employers, both from the private and public sectors, in the European country. These data reflect the urgent need to attract foreign talent to meet the growing demand for qualified labor and maintain the country's economic growth.

Still, according to the agency, the best future prospects apply mainly to professions that normally require training. Therefore, to find job vacancies in Sweden it is preferably necessary to have professional training In high school, most of the time a technical level or higher is required.

Where to find the best vacancies in Sweden?

The average salary in Sweden is 34.200 Swedish kronor, something close to 3.036,52 euros. The average salary for Sweden is published every year by Statistics Sweden (SCB). Foreign workers who apply for a work permit in Sweden must receive at least 80% of this amount or 27.360 Swedish kronor.


Those who want to take advantage of the labor shortage in Sweden should check out the job vacancies available on the EURES Portal. There are more than 40 thousand vacancies in Sweden published. Among them are:

  • General care nurse;
  • Medical examiner;
  • Room attendant in hotels;
  • Warehouse operator;
  • Kitchen assistants;
  • Deputy school director/Deputy school director;
  • Piercing and tattoo artist;
  • Contact center operator;
  • Disability support technician;
  • Automation engineer;
  • Sales assistant;
  • Disability Support Technician/Disability Support Technician;
  • General care nurse;
  • Carpenter;
  • Home care technician;
  • General care nurse;
  • Hairdresser/Hairdresser;
  • Customer information center employee.

How does it work to apply for job vacancies?

To those who are citizens of a country in the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Switzerland, they do not need to request authorization to apply for vacancies in Sweden. Furthermore, they can start looking for a job immediately and also have the right to start and run their own business.

However, if you are a Swiss citizen and wish to work for more than three months, you must apply for a residence permit.

However, if you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country and want to take advantage of the labor shortage in Sweden, must apply for authorization to work in the country. Therefore, there are different forms of work authorization depending on your country of origin, how long you intend to stay in Sweden and what you intend to work on. The ideal is to access the website of Swedish Public Employment Service and check which situation applies to you.

Preparation and necessary documentation

For a Brazilian to work in Sweden, it is essential to start with adequate preparation and obtaining the necessary documentation. Firstly, it is essential to have a valid passport and check work visa requirements.

Brazilians who wish to work in Sweden for more than three months need to apply for a work visa. This process usually requires a job offer from a Swedish company. The company must provide a formal job offer, specifying the position and conditions of employment. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to support themselves during their initial stay in Sweden.

Another important aspect is proof of professional qualification. Depending on the profession, it may be necessary to validate diplomas and certifications obtained in Brazil. Sweden has a rigorous system for recognizing foreign qualifications, especially for areas such as medicine, engineering and education.

The Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitets- och högskolerådet) are the main bodies responsible for these recognition processes.

Job search and cultural integration

Once you have your documentation in order, the next step is to look for job opportunities. There are several online platforms that list vacancies in Sweden, such as Arbetsförmedlingen (Swedish Public Employment Service), LinkedIn, and other international job platforms. Recruitment agencies can also be a valuable resource, especially those that have experience working with foreigners.

Besides job search, it is crucial to prepare for cultural integration. Learning Swedish can be a big plus, as although many Swedes speak English, knowledge of the local language is highly valued and can facilitate integration into the workplace and everyday life. There are several Swedish courses available online and in person.

Furthermore, familiarizing yourself with cultural norms and lifestyle in Sweden can help with adaptation. Participating in expat social groups and community events can be a great way to build a network and integrate more quickly. Sweden is known for its high standard of living, equality policies and focus on sustainability, which means that many foreigners consider the country an excellent place to live and work.

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Journalist in training, specialist in creating content with a focus on SEO actions. Writes about the Automotive Industry, Renewable Energy and Science and Technology

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