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Health care personnel2011, 4th quarter



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High employment rate after health studies

In 2011, 83 per cent of all persons aged between 15-74 years with a health care education were in employment.

The figures for persons outside the labour force where not available when the statistics was published in June 2012. The figures are now updated in Table 1 and in the Statistics Bank.

The total number of employed persons with a health care education increased by 2.4 per cent or nearly 8 500 from 2010 to 2011. Eighty-three per cent of persons holding such education were in employment in 2011. In total, 433 700 persons between 15-74 years held a health care education.

The new health worker education is now replacing the auxiliary nurse and care worker qualifications. Nearly 3 600 out of the 3 900 who have completed their education were in employment in 2011. During the same period, the number of employed auxiliary nurses and care workers decreased by 2.8 per cent; a decrease of 2 600 persons. A total of 93 per cent of the employed health workers are working in the health care industry, mainly within the municipal health and social services.

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 8 200 compared to 2010. Close to 145 000 persons were employed within local or municipal administration, while a total of 90 000 were employed by central government, mainly in the health enterprises.

One in four specialised physicians with multiple contracts of employment

Multiple contracts of employment are most common among physicians; nearly 25 per cent of specialised physicians and 20 per cent of general physicians had more than one contract of employment in the 4th quarter of 2011. Ten per cent of those employed within health and social services had more than one contract of employment.

Increased number of foreign health personnel

A total of 28 200 persons with a health care education working within the health care industry were immigrants or foreign citizens on a short-term stay in 2011; an increase of nearly 9 per cent compared to 2010. A total of 9 000 of these immigrants were nurses. Twenty-four per cent of the nurses were Swedish.

From 2011, the category “Psychologist” includes clinical psychologists only. Persons holding other educations in psychology are now included in “Other health care education, university level”. Nearly 90 per cent of this group are employed outside health and social services.