Short-term contracts create problems for young Swedish adults

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-03 23:33:10|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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STOCKHOLM, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Short-term work contracts in Sweden are becoming increasingly common for young adults under the age of 30, Swedish Television SVT reported on Monday.

The number of Swedes working in a temporary post, usually a couple of months, has increased during the past ten years. Especially young adults under the age of 30 who work a lot as substitutes and hourly employees.

"Young people enter today's labor markets on loose terms," researcher Michael Allvin from the University of Uppsala told SVT.

According to him, temporary jobs create problems and obstacles especially for those who want to apply for mortgages and become a member of a labor union. They also affect future pension payments.

"At the same time the risk of stress-related disorders increases. Young adults might feel that they have to work whenever possible," Allvin said.

Allvin believed that the number of short-term contracts will not decrease in the future. He said that the Swedish labor market is instead increasingly moving towards an international model where the continuity of work is not secured.

In Sweden, short-term work contracts became common during the 1990s. According to studies, nearly 40 percent of those who have temporary posts get a permanent job within two years.