Academic WorkHome of the young professionals

Academic Work

Academic Work, our core recruitment and staffing company brand for developing young professionals, is one of the leading job placement companies in Sweden, with operations in six countries.

The company was founded in 1998 by three Swedish students and good friends who began connecting their classmates with companies looking for staff. Smart, flexible and talented, the students proved to be welcome additions to many companies. Today, we’ve helped more than 130,000 young professionals find a job and start their careers, while also fulfilling our clients' recruitment needs and helping them to grow.

Two main groups of young professionals

For us, the term “young professionals” includes two groups: students at university, college and other forms of higher education; as well as graduates who are working professionals in the beginning of their careers. To be a true “home” for these candidates and consultants, we work hard to understand their preferences, needs and take a structured, personal approach.

From client relationships to business partnerships

For companies, we offer a single point of contact in the form of a customized client team with deep knowledge of industry trends, domain expertise, talent sourcing, staffing and recruiting. We always strive to develop client relationships into business partnerships, meaning that we are personal, transparent and client-centric in everything we do. Like other members in the AW Group, we apply next-generation technology in the form of job apps, cloud-based workflow overviews and other innovations.

We have helped more than


people to find new jobs since 1998

Map of countries where Academic Work is based


Sweden (nationwide)

Today, we have 16 offices in Sweden, from north to south, and some 800 coworkers who facilitate jobs for 12,000 consultants and help as many businesses with new colleagues. Since 2011, Academic Work Sweden has been recognized as having the most satisfied clients in the industry. In 2015, we founded the Young Professional Attraction Index (YPAI), a survey of 15,000 young professionals, to help companies gain better insights into their key criteria. And in 2019 we strengthened the offer towards this group by offering flexible, short assignments though the job app “Instajobs”.

Swedish towns with AW offices: Luleå, Umeå, Sundsvall, Gävle, Uppsala, Stockholm, Västerås, Örebro, Linköping, Jönköping, Kalmar and Malmö.

Norway (Oslo / Trondheim)

We opened our first office in Nydalen, Oslo in 2007 due to its proximity to several universities and colleges. This was followed by a second office in Trondheim, Norway’s number-one city when it comes to IT and technology. Today there are 110 employees at our offices in Oslo and Trondheim. Ten years after starting up in Norway, we received an award for being “Recruitment Agency of the Year”, a recognition we are very proud of.

Finland (Helsinki / Espoo x 2)

In 2008, we opened our doors in Helsinki (Hakaniemi) and later a second office in Espoo. During the same year we started AW Academy, with a new way of doing business and growing careers. Today we are 200 employees, with both offices located in Espoo. Over the years we’ve received the most successful growth company award several times.


of employers have experienced difficulties in finding the right employees in the past six months (The Confederation of Swedish Enterprises, 2018).

Areas of expertise

  • Part-time staffing
  • Full-time staffing
  • Recruitment
  • Temp to permanent
  • Organizational evaluations
  • People plan
  • Employer branding
  • Organizational training
  • Skills development
  • Recruitment tools

Germany (Hamburg x 2 / Münich x 2)

We opened in Munich in 2008 and are today 150 coworkers divided into three offices. In 2019, we opened our second office in Hamburg and currently work with more than 300 clients, from start-ups to large global companies, across all industries. In 2018, we successfully launched AW Academy, catering to the IT industry, as well as YPAI in Germany. Four years in a row we were awarded “Top staffing company” and have received numerous other distinctions.

Denmark (Copenhagen)

In 2008, we opened in central Copenhagen and are today based in the Town Square. Despite being a smaller branch office of Academic Work, the Copenhagen team proudly won its first Group Branch Battle in the beginning of 2019. The Copenhagen office now consists of nearly 20 employees with great expansion plans for the near future.

Switzerland (Lausanne / Geneva)

In 2007, two former students of Lausanne University launched the company Cusmic with a business model and culture similar to Academic Work. In 2015, Cusmic became Academic Work Switzerland with an office in Geneva and another one in Lausanne. This was our first acquisition abroad for the AW Group. Since then, the team has grown from 8 to 55 amazing coworkers and has helped more than 900 young professionals to find a job in 2018.

young professionals participate in our annual Young Professional Attraction Index (YPAI), used as a benchmark by hundreds of companies.

Quick facts

  • Staffing and recruitment specialists
  • 20+ years of experience
  • Present in six countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Switzerland)
  • 1,200 internal employees
  • Sales of approx. SEK 4 billion
  • Privately owned