The skills supply of Swedish firms
Ratio has recently started a pre-study, connected to a new research project concerning the skills supply of Swedish firms. A general focus will be on the young generation’s late entry to the labor market.
The pre-study will be done in collaboration with several of the
employers' federations belonging to the Confederation of Swedish
Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv). It will be the groundwork of a
more extended project within the same area, which takes off during
spring 2012. The main target is to identify and describe the
shortages of the firms' skills supply and which consequences it may
have for firms, for individuals and for the economy as a whole.
Ways how to improve laws, policies and incentive systems within the
area will also be described.
How the firms' skills supply is affected by the delayed entry on
the labor market is an almost unexplored research area. Hence,
politicians and other policymakers lack relevant data to base
The absence of pertinent skills supply is increasing in many
sectors. Also, young people are now entering the labor market at a
higher age than ever before. From the beginning of the 1990's and
onwards, the age when a year cohort is defined as established on
the labor market (when 75 % of a cohort is working) has increased
from 20 to nearly 30 years. There is a large risk that this trend
affects the firms' skills supply negatively.
Henrik Lindberg, PhD. and labor market researcher at Ratio, is
the project leader. A reference group with representatives
from the employers' federations is connected to the project.
The employers' federations that participate in the pre-study
are: Almega (Tjänsteföretagen, Tjänsteförbundet, Svenska Teknik-
och Designföretagen, IT & Telekomföretagen, Medieföretagen,
Bemanningsföretagen, Vårdföretagen), Byggindustrierna,
Entreprenörföretagen, Grafiska företagens förbund,
Industriarbetsgivarna, Maskinentreprenörerna, Skogsindustrierna,
Skogs- och lantbruksarbetsgivarna, Svenskt Näringsliv, Svensk
Handel, Teknikföretagen, Transportgruppen, Trä- och
möbelföretagen, SHR and VVS-företagen.