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Attracting foreign talent to ease skills shortages

The Gothenburg region is faced with skills shortages in several areas. At the same time the business community needs access to top talent. International workers are, and will continue to be, an important piece in the puzzle.

“Now is the time to go out there and show what Gothenburg has to offer,” says Andreas Göthberg, head of FDI at Business Region Göteborg, one of the initiators of Move to Gothenburg.

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On 30 November to 1 December, Move to Gothenburg will be among the exhibitors at the National Engineering and Construction (NEC) Recruitment Exhibition in Birmingham, in the UK. It’s the first time the initiative takes part in an international fair. 

“This is one way of helping the companies make sure they have the competence they need,” says Andreas Göthberg.

“Birmingham is cherry-picked because of the focus of the fair. We also think it’s a really good market to showcase that Gothenburg offers a lot of interesting jobs for engineers,” he adds.

Good opportunities for skilled internationals

Gothenburg is one of the leading automotive regions in Europe and it has strong clusters in for example ICT, life science and logistics. The city is also in the middle of a historic period of urban development. The region has a high demand for engineering and construction skills.

In terms of both career opportunities and lifestyle, Gothenburg has an attractive offer, explains Lovisa Bohlin, a project manager at Move to Gothenburg. Together with representatives from the European Employment Services (EURES) in Sweden, she will be manning the Move to Gothenburg stand (C40) at the NEC Recruitment Exhibition.

“Right now, our major companies and their supplier base have really highly skilled jobs available. The whole value chain within automotive, for example, offers interesting jobs,” says Lovisa Bohlin.

“As a rather small-big city we also offer a really good lifestyle. You can easily access forests and lakes or oceans and islands, while the city itself is lively and has a strong cultural offering. Then we also have the whole Swedish system, including highly subsidised childcare and healthcare.”

Emigration Expo in the Netherlands

The Birmingham fair is just the start. In February next year, Move to Gothenburg will also have a stand at the Emigration Expo in Houten, in the Netherlands. The event is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and this year’s theme is resettling in Scandinavia.

“When we started the work with Move to Gothenburg we talked about talent attraction from the beginning. But we said, first of all, we need soft landing and a lot of other things in place. And now all these things are in place. It’s time to go out there and show what Gothenburg has to offer,” says Andreas Göthberg.


Three facts about the Gothenburg region

  • Since mid-2016, it has had the lowest unemployment rate of Sweden's metropolitan regions.
  • In the years 2016-2035, EUR 100 bilion will be invested in infrastructure and properties.
  • It is ranked as a European innovation leader by the European Commision and is home to many global innovators, including Volvo Cars, the Volvo Group, SKF, AstraZeneca, Saab and RUAG Space.

Move to Gothenburg is a collaborative initiative that aims to attract and welcome skilled internationals, and get them to stay and thrive in Gothenburg and West Sweden long-term. The initiative comprises stakeholders from the business community, academia, the city and region. 

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