Contracts in Sweden
The Active Population in Figures
|Labor Force||4 156 400||4 216 000||4 209 000|
|Labor Force (Annual Growth, %)||-||-||-|
|Rate of Activity (%)||73.0||73.6||74.6|
|Unemployment Rate (%)||5.2||5.3||5.3|
|Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labor Force)||2007|
- For Further Statistics
Swedish National Agency for Education
- For Further Information About the Labor Market
European employment observatory , Functioning of the Swedish job market
Management of Human Resources
- Method of Recruitment
- You find work in Sweden essentially through adverts in the major daily papers, local job centers or through personal contacts.
- Recruitment Agencies
Public service for employment: AMS - Arbetsmarknadsstyrelsen and AMV - Arbetsmarknadsverket.
Recruitment agency: Juhlergroup, Sikta.
- Recruitment Websites
Job adverts in the newspaper The Local
Expat in Sweden
- Type of Contract
The work contract is governed by legal measures and to a lesser degree by collective agreements and individual negotiation.
The work contract is generally a permanent contract, but fixed-term contracts may be signed under certain conditions.
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- Breach of Contracts
- Retirement is usually at 65.
- In Sweden, dismissals may be for reasons of repeated negligence, being incapable of doing the job, being incapable of working with others, repeated drunkenness, refusal to take orders, participation in illegal strikes, etc.
- Labor Laws
Labor laws in English
- Cases of Dispute
- Physical violence, moral harassment, sexual harassment, working conditions, etc.
- Legal Framework
- Certain types of work disputes can be taken directly to the industrial tribunal. In this case, the industrial tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction. For other types of dispute between employer and employee, claims must be presented before the ordinary civil court. If one of the parties is not satisfied with the decision made by the civil court, they can appeal to the industrial tribunal. In either case, the decision of the industrial tribunal is the final decision.
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- Competent Legal Body
- Industrial tribunal (Arbetsdomstolen)
- Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
- Collective agreements are very important in Sweden and they cover most workers. Social dialogue happens only between employers and employees. However, a Commission or a State may be a third party in the negotiations. If the two parties do not come to an agreement, it is the Commission or the State which will decide, and this encourages the parties to find an agreement.
- Unionization Rate
- 79.2% in 2005.
LO (Landsorganisationen I Sverige)
TCO (Tjanstemannens Centralorganisation)
- Regulation Bodies
Ministry of Employment
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