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Swedish businesses still looking for highly skilled IT & Telecoms staff

Swedish businesses still looking for highly skilled IT & Telecoms staff despite government doing its best.

Only a third of Swedish businesses interviewed thought their government could do more to help with the skills crisis facing the IT and Telecoms industry in Europe.

A series of surveys conducted across Europe by IT recruitment firm Darwin on & lsquo;Managing the Mobility of Labour’ reveals the issues businesses are facing in getting a mix of highly skilled technologists and managers to work for them on the next generation of network services and products. As competition intensifies across the major players, the multi-national IT and Telecoms businesses are in a scrum to get the best skills and experiences based in the countries they operate in. “The countries who offer incentives definitely win at the end of the day” says Paul Kirby, CEO of Darwin Recruitment.

According to Darwin businesses in Sweden are generally supportive of all that the government does to attract skilled labour. With Sweden’s largely free education, flexibility around family life, tax incentives for some skills, and general tax freedoms for short term contracting, Businesses interviewed felt that their government was already doing a lot to help and that it was up to them to fill the gap. 

Although rates of pay are generally pegged to local salaries firms claim to be flexible with some firms offering relocation packages to help with the move. In Sweden among the technologists the highest demand is for programmers and developers (62.5%) and network specialists (37.5%) followed by a strong demand in management functions for programme managers (37.5%).

Among the businesses interviewed two thirds had already made offers to people working in other geographic locations and a large majority claim to do everything that they can to attract the right people “We work on behalf of our Swedish clients to source skills in high demand across Europe and sometimes into Australasia and the USA. Often these people sit on our databases working on other contracts, or we hunt for them using a variety of research methods. The important thing is to keep focused when you are looking for a particular individual” says Kirby.

Darwinhead hunts for people in the closed market across 11 European countries. Opening its first European office in Amsterdam in 2011 it is now set to expand this further with plans to have a presence in 8 core territories within the next three years.


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