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Stockholm’s rising problem with graduate employment

The percentage of job seekers who are classified as disabled has increased to over 25 percent. Support is available both before and after graduation – but the question is whether it is enough as the demands of the job market increase.

Social competence, efficiency, and flexibility. Sounds like the typical CV clichés? These are some of the features almost all employers require today. Meanwhile, research show that the number of job seekers classified as disabled has increased a lot in recent years. Is there a connection here? What does it take to be considered employable?

‘The job market has changed and is demanding more from individuals than ever before. There are fewer low-skilled jobs and it is not always enough with relevant training’, says Ida Seing, a doctoral student at the RAR, the National Centre for Vocational Rehabilitation at Linköping University.

Often employers regard social competences just as important as the relevance of the degree of the job seeker. As a result a particular type of person is hired, making the recruitment very one-sided.

To avoid this tendency, the employers need to stop requesting these specific characteristics in the recruitment process, says Håkan Regner from the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations. Instead Håkan Regner encourages the employers to think more broadly when hiring new people, making the job market fairer to all types of people.

 

Originally written by Linnéa Sundberg & Mimmi Nilsson

Translated and Edited by Sofie Ejdrup Larsen

 

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