Largest growth among the young employees
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Health care personnel2006, 4th quarter



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Largest growth among the young employees

Employed persons with a health care education aged 16-66 years increased by 7.5 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2005 to the fourth quarter of 2006. Employees under the age of 40 experienced the largest growth.

In the fourth quarter of 2006, the per cent of employment increased by 0.8 percentage points, to 88 per cent. There has been a growth in the per cent of employment in all age groups from 2005 to 2006, the largest growth for the group aged 16-39 years.

Increased number of foreign nurses, but fewer physicians

The number of nurses with a foreign citizenship increased by 365 persons from the fourth quarter of 2005 to the fourth quarter of 2006, totalling to 4 450 persons. The largest increase was among nurses with a Swedish citizenship. The number of physicians with a foreign citizenship has decreased by 282 persons since 2005.

Few, but an increasing share of employed working through temp agencies

1 600 persons with a health care education were employed by temp agencies in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with 1 100 the previous year. Nurses and auxiliary nurses constitute the largest educational group in these temp agencies. Just above 1 per cent of all employed nurses worked through temp agencies. Employed by temp agencies are classified in the industry “Labour recruitment and provision of personnel” and not by the industry the employees are working in.

Change in data source

A change in the data source gives new information on the education of each person. As a result of this, the figures show an increase in the number of persons with a completed health care or social education compared with earlier years. This especially goes for the educational groups where an authorisation is not required, for example social workers and child welfare officers. For the group “Other health care education, college level” courses of shorter duration are now included and thereby increasing the share of personnel with health care education in table 8.