Ministry of Employment

The Ministry deals with issues that concern a well-functioning labour market. This includes measures to get young people into work, matching, labour-market policy programmes, unemployment insurance as well as issues on labour law and work environment so that everyone has the opportunity to take part in working life with good working conditions. The Ministry is also responsible for coordinating the introduction of newly arrived immigrants.

Responsible minister

Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson.
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment and Integration

News from Ministry of Employment

  • Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2017

    Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

    In the Budget Bill for 2017, the Government is investing in an active labour market policy for increased employment, strengthened skills supply in elderly care in particular, and improved unemployment insurance for part-time unemployed people. The Government is also intensifying efforts to better enable new arrivals to quickly become established in working and community life. More investments will be made in early measures for asylum seekers and increased resources for the introduction system.

  • Fair working conditions

    Photo: Maskot/Folio.

    The Government safeguards the Swedish model, which builds on agreement between unions and employers on terms of employment in the labour market. Sweden is also pursuing issues in the EU on fair competition for businesses, and on rights and conditions for EU citizens who are posted to work in Sweden.

Foto: Alexander Ruas/Folio

A Work Environment Strategy for Modern Working Life 2016-2020

The Government's work environment policy is to contribute to a work environment that prevents ill health, accidents and people being excluded from working life. Work environment management must take into account people's differing circumstances and contribute to the development of both individuals and operations.

Foto: Maskot/Folio

Fast track - a quicker introduction of newly arrived immigrants

The Government wants newly arrived immigrants in Sweden to quickly find a workplace that is relevant to the individual’s education, experience and interest. At the same time, there is a shortage of labour in many industries; these are now being helped with the provision of skills through the creation of fast tracks by the Swedish Public Employment Service and the industries, to make it easier for newly arrived immigrants to establish themselves in the labour market.

Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour Estonia, Tom Bevers, Chairman of the Employment Committe of the European Union, Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment Sweden, Melanie Leonhard, State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration Hamburg Germany, José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Portugal, Michel Servoz, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission and Jørn Neergard Larsen, Minister for Employment Denmark in front of Rosersbergs slott.
Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour Estonia, Tom Bevers, Chairman of the Employment Committe of the European Union, Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment Sweden, Melanie Leonhard, State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration Hamburg Germany, José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Portugal, Michel Servoz, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission and Jørn Neergard Larsen, Minister for Employment Denmark. Photo: Sören Andersson/Government Offices

European high-level meeting on young people’s establishment in the labour market

Youth unemployment is a high-priority issue for the Government. As a part of work on the European Employment Strategy, Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson initiated a high-level meeting in Stockholm to discuss young people’s situation in the labour market. On 18-19 February five European ministers responsible for labour market issues met for a High Level Learning Exchange on ‘Designing and implementing effective strategies to support the integration and retention in the labour market of youth at risk’.

Family photo during the informal ministerial meeting in Stockholm.
Participants at the informal ministerial meeting in Stockholm. Elena Basile, Italy, Marina Kasunic Peris, Croatia, Rudolf Hundstorfer, Austria, Annika Strandhäll, Sweden, Lodewijk Asscher, Netherlands, Ylva Johansson, Sweden, Ivailo Kalfin, Bulgaria, Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg, Nathalie Nikitenko, France och Francine Chainaye, Belgium. Photo: Mikael Sjöberg/Government Offices

Informal European ministerial meeting in Stockholm on fair conditions in the labour market

The issue of decent conditions in the labour market is one of the Government’s overall EU priorities for 2015. It is a question of fair working conditions in the EU internal market. Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson has invited a number of EU colleagues to an informal meeting in Stockholm on 10–11 September 2015 to discuss the issue.

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