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Stockholm identified as tech talent magnet

Press release   •   Apr 14, 2016 05:30 UTC

New report from LinkedIn and City of Stockholm shows the capital is a net beneficiary of international and national talent, especially of front-end IT skills. 

Stockholm has unique access to high in-demand front-end technology skills and is a net beneficiary of international and national talent. This is according to a report that City of Stockholm and LinkedIn release today. The city is also gaining key specialist skills from abroad: the number of immigrants with skills in fashion and apparel, mechanical and aerospace engineering and mobile and game development have significantly added to the existing talent pool over the past year.  

The report is presented at Stockholm Business Region headquarters today by LinkedIn together with Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm and Anna Gissler, CEO of Stockholm Business Region Development. It marks the first time a Swedish government organization will use LinkedIn’s unique and real time data to inform labour force skills investment and education.

 - We have claimed for a long time that Stockholm is an international tech hub to be reckoned with, and this report proves it’s true. Stockholm continues to have incredible traction with IT skills far above the global average, and particularly when it comes to skills that are in high demand internationally such as development and programming, says Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm. 

The report is the result of an in-depth analysis LinkedIn has done of the labour market in Stockholm. The findings show Stockholm is an economic hub for tech talent and provides new insights into the impact on skills in the area:

  • Talent is primarily moving into Stockholm from Uppsala, the US, the UK, and India.
  • Skillsets Stockholm is gaining from abroad include fashion and apparel, mechanical and aerospace engineering, game development, and C/C++.
  • The top-ten list of unique skills for Stockholm include user interface, telecommunications technology and game development, meaning they are more likely to appear in Stockholm than elsewhere in Europe.
  • Perl/Python/Ruby, statistical analysis and data mining, and Java programming are among the top-ten most in-demand skills in Stockholm.
  • Stockholm-based members are internationally most connected to people in London, New York, Oslo and Copenhagen.

- This report tells us that the skills that are most in demand by employers in Stockholm, particularly on the tech side, are also well represented in the capital. Obviously a healthy match between supply and demand of talent is essential to keep this region growing, says Anna Gissler, CEO of Stockholm Business Region Development.

At the end of last year, the City of Stockholm launched together with the region’s leading tech companies, the initiative Move to Stockholm with the goal of attracting tech talent. This data will be used to better target people with the in-demand skills in Stockholm.

- We believe that our data, clearly showing what the in-demand skills are and pin-pointing any skills gaps, can support the region by informing labour force skills investment and education, ensuring that Stockholm continues to attract and retain the skills it needs, says Lisa Gunnarsson, Head of LTS, LinkedIn Nordics. 

To understand the labour market dynamic, LinkedIn examined the aggregated profile information of its almost half a million members within the Stockholm region, looking specifically at four key factors: workforce and skills, hiring, labour mobility, and education.


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For more information, please contact:


Joseph Michael

Stockholm Business Region Development AB

+46 (0) 76 122 80 59


Anoek Eckhardt

Corporate Communications LinkedIn

+31 (6) 52 738 129

aeckhardt@linkedin.com


Elin Ahldén

Press contact LinkedIn, Mindmakers PR

+ 46 (0) 73 809 33 83

elin@mindmakerspr.se


About The Economic Graph

LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. To accomplish this, LinkedIn is developing the world’s first economic graph, a digital mapping of the global economy. The graph includes every job opportunity in the world (full-time and temporary); the skills required to obtain those opportunities; the profiles for every company in the world offering those opportunities; the professional profiles for every one of the 3.3 billion people in the global workforce; and the professional knowledge that exists within and between each of these entities. 


About Stockholm Business Region

Stockholm Business Region, with its subsidiaries Stockholm Business Region Development and Stockholm Visitors Board, is the official investment and tourism promotion agency for the Stockholm region. Stockholm is one of Europe’s most dynamic sustainable regions. Stockholm Business Region is fully owned by the City of Stockholm. Our common brand is Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia.


About LinkedIn

LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and transforms the ways companies hire, market and sell. Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the on-going development of the world’s first Economic Graph. LinkedIn has more than 400 million members and has offices around the world, with 2 million members in Sweden. 

Stockholm Business Region, with its subsidiaries Stockholm Business Region Development and Stockholm Visitors Board,  is the official investment and tourism promotion agency for the Stockholm region.  Stockholm is one of Europe’s most dynamic sustainable regions. Stockholm Business Region is fully owned by the City of Stockholm. Our common brand is Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia.

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