Shortage of teachers continues to be a problem in Sweden

According to our calculations the shortage of various categories of teachers such as vocational teachers, teachers in extended education, special needs teachers and pre-school teachers will continue.

Shortages also of graduates from health science programmes

Besides future shortage of various categories of teachers, shortages of graduates from health sciences programmes are also expected to arise. These shortages are either due to a lack of interest in these programmes among students or the failure by the HEIs for various reason to admit adequate numbers to the programmes.

Surplus in other areas

Given the current offerings of places in programmes in the fine, applied and performing arts, journalism, the humanities, human resources and behavioural sciences, as well as the natural sciences, there is a great risk that there will be a surplus of graduates in these areas.

UKÄ (Swedish Higher Education Authority) publishes regular reports on the future balance of supply and demand in the labour market from a long-term perspective for just under 30 different first and second-cycle graduation areas. The calculations indicate what the balance between supply and demand is expected to be when those beginning their studies in the academic year of 2015/16 enter the labour market.