TechSverige Report: Sweden Faces Shortage of 18,000 Tech Professionals Annually

In the latest report from TechSverige, a significant issue comes to the forefront – Sweden is grappling with a critical shortage in its tech talent pool, with an annual deficit of 18,000 professionals expected in the coming years.

TechSverige, an industry and employer organization for tech companies, aims to collaborate with its members to create optimal conditions for a world-leading tech sector in Sweden. In their recent report, TechSverige underscores the urgency of addressing this talent shortage to secure Sweden's technological future. Between 2024-2028, they anticipate a shortfall of 18,000 professionals annually, primarily in the tech industry but also within the public sector and other industries.

The report not only highlights the deficit in various tech areas, including software development, AI, and cybersecurity but also emphasizes the increasing demand for additional soft skills such as collaborative problem-solving and digital ethics. This shift mirrors the industry's transition towards more adaptable, agile, and socially responsible tech development.

Education and Collaboration as Part of the Solution

To meet the demand for tech expertise and future-proof Sweden, TechSverige suggests that the government should rally and set an ambitious target to ensure access to digital expertise. By 2030, their ambition is to increase the number of tech specialists by 100,000, as stated on their website.

To address these challenges, TechSverige proposes a multi-faceted approach. This includes reviewing the education system and integrating STEM subjects from an early age. Additionally, they stress the importance of promoting tech-focused higher education programs, with a specific emphasis on increasing enrollment and completion rates among women.

TechSverige also suggests a closer partnership between the industry and the government. This involves establishing alliances between the tech sector and educational institutions and creating incentives for companies investing in employee training and supporting internship programs for students. Another aspect is facilitating workforce immigration to meet the needs.

Through these collaborative efforts, TechSverige envisions a comprehensive solution that not only addresses the immediate skills gap but also lays the groundwork for long-term growth and innovation in Sweden's tech sector.

Read the report here (Swedish)