Organisation of the Ministry of Employment

Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson is head of the Ministry. Her State Secretaries, Irene Wennemo, Annica Dahl and Anders Kessling, manage the day-to-day work, including the planning, coordination and follow-up of the Ministry’s activities.

Political leadership

Minister for Employment and Integration Ylva Johansson is head of the Ministry. Her State Secretaries, Irene Wennemo, Annica Dahl and Anders Kessling, manage the day-to-day work, including the planning, coordination and follow-up of the Ministry’s activities.

Divisions and secretariats

The Ministry has an Office of the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, two secretariats and four divisions, which are led by non-politically appointed officials. The senior officials assist the Minister for Employment and Integration in planning, coordinating and staff management. The divisions lay the groundwork for government decisions. This involves working on government bills, administrative matters, budget and governance issues in relation to government agencies, and development work in the form of inquiries, remits, etc. EU negotiations and international tasks are common elements of the divisions’ work.

Office of the Director-General for Administrative Affairs

The Office is under the management of the Director-General for Administrative Affairs and is responsible for ensuring that the preparation of the Ministry’s matters is legal, consistent and uniform.  The Office includes a Communications Unit, which is responsible for external and internal communication. The Communications Unit is led by a Head of Communications.

Legal Secretariat

The Legal Secretariat is under the management of the Director-General for Legal Affairs and is responsible for drafting proposals for referral to the Council on Legislation, government bills and other legislative work. The Secretariat is also involved in drafting other bills and government communications, and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of EU rules, for legal quality assurance and for ensuring that the work of the Ministry is legal, consistent and uniform. The Secretariat also offers advice on legal matters to the Ministry leadership and other divisions.

Secretariat for Operational Support

The Secretariat for Operational Support is responsible for providing support to the Ministry and coordinating and developing the Ministry’s work on the central government budget, agency governance, operational management, follow-up of activities, reporting and strategic skills and resources planning, as well as overall organisation and staffing policy issues that affect the Ministry and its committees. The Secretariat includes the Division’s analysis function, led by a Head of Analysis.

The Secretariat is also responsible for administrative and development issues concerning the Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.

Division for Labour Market Policy

The Division for Labour Market Policy is responsible for issues and matters concerning employment services, labour market policy programmes, the entry of new immigrants into the labour market, unemployment insurance, activity support and development allowance. The Division is also responsible for vocational rehabilitation and other labour market policy issues concerning people with impairments entailing decreased work capacity and the European Social Fund within the EU’s Structural Funds.

Included in the Division’s area of responsibility are administrative and development issues concerning the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen), the Council for the European Social Fund in Sweden (Swedish ESF Council), the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board (IAF) and the Arctic Vocational Foundation (Stiftelsen Utbildning Nordkalotten).

Division for Labour Law and Work Environment

The Division for Labour Law and Work Environment is responsible for issues and matters concerning labour law, leave, work environment and working hours, labour immigration, the State wage guarantee in the event of bankruptcies and developments in the employment field.

The Division’s area of responsibility also includes administrative and development issues concerning the Swedish Work Environment Authority, the Swedish Labour Court, the Swedish National Mediation Office, the National Advisory Board on Patent Rights and Compensation Settlements for Inventions at Work, the Board Representation Tribunal and the Swedish ILO Committee.

Division for Integration

The Division for Integration is responsible for overall coordination, governance and follow-up and development of the introduction of people who were born abroad. This includes issues on reception and settlement of newly arrived refugees and their family members, compensation to municipalities for the reception of refugees and unaccompanied minors who have been granted a residence permit, civic orientation, authorisation of interpreters and translators, and home equipment loans. 

Division for EU and International Affairs

The Division for EU and International Affairs is responsible for the overall coordination of international work at the Ministry. This includes coordination of EU affairs and responsibility for some EU employment issues. The Division is also responsible for issues concerning the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Social Charter and coordination of the Ministry’s work in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Division for EU and International Affairs also organises the leadership and other divisions and secretariats with support and advice on EU and international issues.