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 Ylva Johansson.
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment

News from Ministry of Employment

  • Initiatives in the spring budget for more efficient introduction and reduced unemployment

    Photo: Ministry of Finance / Government Offices of Sweden

    In the spring amending budget for 2016, the Government is strengthening efforts to enable newly arrived immigrants to quickly and efficiently establish themselves in Sweden. The Government is investing in early measures for asylum seekers and increased funds for county administrative boards to create preparedness and reception capacity in municipalities. The Government is also announcing that trainee jobs will be expanded to also cover newly arrived immigrants and people who are long-term unemployed.

  • European high-level meeting on young people’s establishment 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

    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’.

Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the '100 club' at a press conference. Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices

The Government presents the '100 club'

One of our greatest challenges in society is how we can become better at harnessing the skills and experience of people who were born abroad. The current situation demands that the Government, public authorities and companies take new action to identify possibilities for more new arrivals to enter working life. The Government wants to work together with companies that are prepared to employ at least 100 new arrivals to create opportunities based on the conditions and needs of each company.

Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson, ambassador of Finland Jarmo Viinanen and ambassador of Norway Kai Eide is signing a new agreement concerning the Arctic Vocational Foundation.
Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson, ambassador of Finland Jarmo Viinanen and ambassador of Norway Kai Eide is signing a new agreement concerning the Arctic Vocational Foundation. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

Cooperation in education between Sweden, Finland and Norway renewed

A new agreement was signed today between Sweden, Finland and Norway concerning the Arctic Vocational Foundation. The Foundation, which has its headquarters in Övertorneå, was established in 1991 and arranges vocational courses for participants from the three countries.

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.

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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