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Health care personnel2007, 4th quarter



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9 out of 10 with health education are working

Among persons between the ages 16-66 years with a health care education, 87.6 per cent were employed in fourth quarter of 2007. While 80 per cent of auxiliary nurses are working, the employment rate among dentists and doctors is above 90 per cent.

The employment rate for persons with a health care education was 87.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2007, unchanged from the year before. Among persons with a long health care education, as dentists and physicians, the employment rate decreased slightly compared to 2006, but still more than 90 per cent of the dentists and physicians and more than 95 per cent of the specialised physicians and dentists were employed.

Variations in settled working hours

The settled working hours vary between the different educational groups. While auxiliary nurses had an average of 26.7 settled working hours per week, the settled working hours for nurses and specialised physicians were 30.7 and 38.7 hours respectively. For physicians and dentists the settled working hours show a slight decrease over the last two years. For persons with a health care education in total the average settled working hours a week increased from 30.7 hours in 2005 to 30.9 hours in 2007.

Health care industry is defined as: Health care services except veterinary 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, permanent sheltered employment and foundations/legacies that support social purposes

9.1 per cent of the employed within the health industry had more than one employment. More than 16 per cent of the physicians, 22 per cent of specialists in dentistry and 25 per cent of the employed specialised physicians had more than one employment in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Swedish nurses, but specialised physicians are German citizens

A total of 12 642 persons with a health care education working within the health industry held a foreign citizenship, an increase of 5.4 per cent since 2006. About 30 per cent of the nurses with a foreign citizenship were Swedish citizens. The number of Scandinavian nurses decreased compared to 2006, while nurses from Germany and the rest of Europe increased. The number of specialised physicians from Germany in 2007, totalling 446, increased by 18.3 per cent compared to 2006.