Government and social partners agree on subsidised jobs

Government and social partners agree on subsidised jobs

In an aim to help newly arrivals and those long-term unemployed to become established in the labour market, and to facilitate future skills provision for employers, the government and its social partners have agreed that so-called ’entry agreements’ should be introduced. The government together with the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and Unionen on 5 March presented the deal on low-skilled, low-wage jobs.

Entry agreements are a completely new model to stimulate employment for newly arrived immigrants and long-term unemployed people, the government said in a press release. The employer’s total payroll expenses will be limited and the person will receive an individual state benefit for no more than two years. The proposal has employers paying up to SEK 8,400 per month in salary and state benefit up to SEK 9,870 per month. The initiative will cover cover at least 10 000 individuals.

Next steps:

  • The government will draft a proposal on the design of the benefit to the individuals with entry agreements and notify it to the European Commission in the summer of 2018;
  •  The government and the social partners will jointly review measures so that Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) and other training courses can supplement entry agreements;
  • The government will draft proposals for necessary legislative amendments and refer them for consultation in the summer of 2018;
  • The government will submit a bill to the Riksdag in March 2019. 

English summary of the Declaration of Intent.


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