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Health care personnel2010, 4th quarter



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Increase in health workers

Since 2009 the number of persons with the new health worker education has increased from 260 to 1 300 persons. Nine out of ten are employed within health and social services in the municipalities.

The figures for persons outside the labour force where not available when the statistics was published in June 2011. The figures are now updated in Table 1 and in the Statistics Bank.

In 2009, the first persons with the new health worker education were employed. Nearly 1 200 out of the 1 300 who have completed their education are employed. A total of 94 per cent of the employed health workers are working in the health care industry, mainly within the municipal health and social services. During the same period, the number of employed auxiliary nurses decreased by 2.4 per cent; a decrease of 1 800 persons.

The total number employed with a health care education increased by 1.8 per cent from 2009 to 2010. Because the number of persons in the population with this type of education also increased, the percentage employed fell from 83.8 to 83.1 last year.

Health care industry is defined as: Health care services, child care activities, day-care facilities for school-children and recreation centres for children and adolescents, work practice for ordinary employment, social welfare organisations, and permanent sheltered employment.

A total of 79 per cent of persons with a health education worked within the health care industry. For this industry, the growth in employees was close to 6 000 compared to 2009. More than 140 000 were employed within local or municipal administration, while a total of 88 000 were employed by central government, mainly in the health enterprises.

One of four specialised physicians with multiple contracts of employment

Ten per cent of those employed within the health and social services had more than one contract of employment. Multiple contracts of employment are most common among physicians; 24 per cent of specialised physicians and 19 per cent of general physicians had more than one contract of employment in the 4th quarter of 2010.

Increased number of foreign health personnel

A total 25 600 persons 1 with a health care education working within the health care industry were immigrants or foreign citizens on a short-term stay in 2010; an increase of 7 per cent compared to 2009. A total of 8 200 1 of these immigrants were nurses. Twenty-two 1 per cent of the nurses were Swedish.