I attended a lunch seminar held by Stockholm Business Region that presented the Economic Graph based on information from LinkedIn. The main speaker of the event was Sue Duke, Director of Public Policy for Europe LinkedIn, with a panel consisting of Karin Wanngård (Mayor of Stockholm), Lisa Gunnarsson (Head of LinkedIn Nordics), Joseph Michael (Project Manager, Startup/Tech, City of Stockholm), Philip Ahlsén (Talent Acquisition Manager, Klarna) and Martin Ganeteg (HRIS Manager, SCA).

Karin Wanngård started the seminar by telling us the vision of Stockholm being a sustainable city, financially, democratically and environmentally, and being a hub for new recruitment and talent. Wanngård is also one of the people behind the project Dataslöjd, putting programming on the curriculum.

After that Sue Duke presented the Economic Graph, showing us why Silicon Valley is calling Stockholm Silicon Forrest and Tech-city of Europe.

Lastly there was a panel taking up some interesting thing. Big turnover is usually seen as a bad thing, but instead it should be seen as growing and getting new networks, fresh ideas and talents. Klarna has a mindset that the organization are getting the talents, rather than talents finding them.

For some reason my pictures don’t want to post in a good quality so I’ll tell you about some of the results and bring the report to our next class.

Top skills for Sweden’s workforce (consists of 20, top five listed below)
1. IT Infrastructure and System Management
2. Sales
3. Graphical Design
4. Software Engineering Management and Requirements Gathering
5. Management Consulting, Business Strategy and Analysis

What Stockholm’s workforce looks like – Top industries
1. Technology 16 % (exceeds global average by 15 %)
2. Professional Services 14 %
3. Government/Non-profit 13 % (almost double than global)

What Stockholm’s workforce looks like – Top job function
1. Sales 12 %
2. Operations 8 %
3. Information Technology 8 % (exceeds the global average by 68 %)

Unique/Standout skills of Stockholm’s workforce
1. User Interface
2. Software Engineering Management and Requirements Gathering
3. Strategy and Strategic Planning (including Entrepreneurship and Market Strategies)

Sue made a remark that Sweden has a unique width, from back to front end, that can be seen throughout the report.

Skills that are more likely to have been hired in the past 12 months
1. Social Media Marketing 39 %
2. Mobile Development 34 %
3. Digital and Online Marketing 29 %

Top alma maters of members
1. Stockholm University
2. KTH Royal Institute of Technology
3. Uppsala University

Distribution of degree types
Doctorate Degree 8 %
Master’s Degree 61 %
Bachelor’s Degree 30 %

The global average for Master’s Degree is 32 %

Attracting talent nationally and globally
Stockholm has talent inflow from Uppsala, Gothenburg, United States, United Kingdom and India. Stockholm has no talent outflow. This means that we loose no talent to what we gain, which is extremely rare.

Members in Stockholm share the most connections both nationally and internationally. Usually there are just local regions, but Stockholm has Copenhagen, London, Olso and New York. Great global hubs.


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