Framtidsveckan 2021: The recognition of the importance of international recruitment.
There’s a global outcry for highly skilled employees, researchers and specialized expertise which cannot always be found locally. Many countries are welcoming more internationals to their cities in order to fill this gap, thus consciously creating a smooth settling in process to integrate successfully. But what happens, if the country does not make it easy for internationals recruited to feel welcome and wanted?
What is the consequence when the international recruited isn’t able to get a social security number? What happens to the family that follows the recruited spouse/ partner and has left their home, perhaps job or a good school? It’s not all about getting talent to Sweden, it’s also about making sure the person and their family feel welcome. How can we make these internationals who choose Sweden over another country feel welcome and ready to be a part of society? Many countries are looking at various strategies to address these questions and some have been very successful at creating an attractive place to live and work.
Isn’t Sweden an attractive place to live and work? Perhaps, depending on how easy it is to relocate and settle in. We need to look much closer and pinpoint particular areas that need more attention in order to make a conscious effort that will lead to successful international recruitments.
How can we better collaborate on international recruitments? And can we together propel change?
Ulf Maunsbach, Associate professor and Head of Department at Lund University Faculty of Law
Lisa Andersson, International Talent & Business Attraction Management for the city of Lund
Developer of International Citizen Hub Lund, a meeting place for recruited international talent and their families. Lisa is an international business professional who has had a presence of over 32 years within various Swedish industries. She has a commitment to business development that has been duly recognized; whether it be within English language consultancy, cross cultural communication, relocation or co-creator of Kick-Start Job Program, established in 2016.
Lisa’s ambition is to create innovative synergies, by connecting international competency, international collaborative partners and investors to support company growth in Sweden by making invisible international talent, visible to the Swedish labor market.
Participating in the panel discussion:
Jimmie Kristensson, Pro vice-chancellor at Lund University, with responsibility for communication, character and integrity. He works with questions related to ethics, academic freedom, work environment, leadership, gender equality and equal opportunities. He leads a working group with focus on recruitment. Jimmie Kristensson is also a senior lecturer and associate professor of health sciences. He leads a research team that focuses on proactive and integrated healthcare.
Mats Helmfrid is the Mayor and Chairman of the City Council of the City of Lund since October 2018. He is also chairman of the board for Business Region Skåne AB. Between 2006 and 2014 Mr. Helmfrid was the Chairman of the City Executive Committee. He has been politically active (the Moderate Party) in the City of Lund since 1980.
Anna Jähnke is a member of the regional executive board in Skåne county for the moderate party. She serves as chairman of the regional development board which mostly handels questions about infrastructure, development and employment in the region. She has a background as a local politician in Helsingborg where she served as the chairman for the labour commité.
Patrik Hiller, CEO of Telescope Services AB. Based in Lund, Telescope Services AB, are working on a global basis with relocating specialist engineers to Swedish companies. Patrik has more than 20 years within sales, project management and business development. During the past 6 years he has been CEO of Telescope, taking the company from 15 employees to over 120 globally.