The mix of companies and products provides a wide range of job opportunities in our municipality, within industry and the service, retail forestry and agricultural sectors. Qualified jobs are available within areas like material and process development, construction and design.

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Industries under development

There is a growing tourist industry in the area with various national and local development projects in progress. The goal for Gislaved municipality is to double its tourist turnover by 2020. Environmental technology and water treatment are industries with major growth potential, in light of future demands and challenges for sustainable growth.

Retail is another developing area. There is land and property avail­able within the municipality, for wholesale, retail and e-commerce.

Both the construction and the logistics industries are growing fast in the region, as are IT, financial services, advertising and marketing.

Future need for workers

In Sweden, to put it simply, there are two labour markets; the business sector and the public sector. The business sector consists of private companies. The public sector comprises municipalities, regions and the armed forces sector for example. The municipalities are responsible for public services such as schools, sanitation, some health care, elderly care, emergency services, roads and parks, recreational facilities and cultural events. The regions are responsible for health care and public transport.

The business sector in the region surrounding Gislaved are in need of manpower from for example the following occupational groups:

  • Welders, edge press operators, toolmakers and CNC operators
  • Engineers in all sectors (especially Electrical Power)
  • Painters and skilled employees for the woodworking industry
  • Designers with experience from the plastics, rubber or metal industries
  • IT-developers
  • Craftsmen
  • Experienced sales persons
  • Sheet-metal workers in building and construction


Gislaved municipality is the largest employer in our municipality and a wide range of different professions are represented. Ongoing and upcoming retirements mean that there is a growing need for professionals such as nurses, teachers, engineers within property and technical administration, preschool teachers, part-time firemen, quantity surveyors and structural engineers.

Preschool teacher? - We need you!

Because many preschool teachers in Gislaved municipality are approaching retirement age, there is a need for new employees. Eva Hansson has worked 35 years in preschools, of which the past 20 as a preschool teacher:

I have the most fun job there is. I love working with children and creative education, says Eva Hansson.

Around ten years ago she took part in a development project that led to her completing a university course to become a cultural educationalist or atelier artist, as the profession is also known.

Today, I work full time in a creative studio. The children who come here get to try such things as painting, clay modelling and carpentry, which are much appre­ciated, says Eva Hansson.

Senior living home

We need nurses!

There is great demand for nurses in health­care. We spoke to Annmarie Hjelm, a nurse at the Solbacka municipal senior living home in Reftele.

I have healthcare respon­sibility for 16 residents and in addition I’m sometimes on standby in the evenings, and at nights and weekends for people receiving home healthcare in our area. I previously worked for the county council, today I have more responsibility and more freedom to plan and structure my own working day, says Annmarie Hjelm. 

Annmarie lives together with her family in the country just outside of Reftele. It’s the day-to-day flexibility of the job she appreciates most.

It’s three kilometres to work. With three school-age children – all with different leisure activities – being close to everything is important. It’s about getting the pieces of the daily puzzle to fit together, and I can do that here, says Annmarie Hjelm.

Fireman – a dream job

If you’re interested in becoming a fireman there are good opportunities for work in Gislaved municipality – for both men and women. There is a full-time force at the station in Gislaved, and also at a number of part-time stations. Part-time firemen usually have another main employer and are on call e.g. every fourth week when they must be ready to drop everything and go whenever needed. 

Jason Penny is an Englishman who dreamed of being a fireman when he lived in London. The dream became reality when he met a Swedish girl and moved to Sweden.

I came to Sweden in 1996 and wanted a job fast. I did the rounds of several companies, got lucky and landed an industry job straight away and began work the following week. Two years later I applied for a job as a part-time fireman and was accepted. I underwent a two-week training course locally and later a four-week course at SCCA* in Revinge. Since then I’ve also completed an officer’s training course and I really enjoy the work. Today I’m the Station Chief in Reftele, Jason tells us. 

As a part-time fireman, his daily routine is just like that of any other job, except for a large portion of extra excitement one week a month when Jason must be ready to leave his day job whenever his pager goes off. Comparing things to his previous life in England, he says:

My pulse fell by half when I moved here. There is nowhere near the same day-to-day stress. Sure, the pace of work is high, but everything else just flows so smoothly.

When he needs to relax, he prefers outdoor activities, like fishing and canoeing.

Conditions are perfect here, thanks to the Right of Public Access. It’s utterly unique. I can be out in the woods or canoe wherever I want, con­cludes Jason Penny.

* SCCA = Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency


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