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

Ylva Johansson
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment and Integration

News from Ministry of Employment

  • Government and social partners agree on ‘entry agreements’


    The Government and the social partners have agreed that ‘entry agreements’ should be introduced. The aim is to help newly arrived immigrants and long-term unemployed people to become established in the labour market, and to facilitate future skills provision for employers.

  • A new plan for equal lifelong earnings

    Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment and Integration and Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy, about the new plan for equal lifelong earnings.

Photo: Maskot/Folio.

Fair working conditions

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 and experience. 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.

Group photo
Group photo from the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg. Photo: Sören Andersson/Governemnt Offices

Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth

The Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth took place in Gothenburg on 17 November. The seminars and working sessions were webcast live during the Summit and are available on demand in English, French, German and Swedish on

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