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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.11 Current debates and reforms

School holiday jobs 2021

To improve young people's entry into the labour market, the Government has set aside SEK 180 million in 2021 to strengthen the municipalities' opportunities to create school holiday jobs for young people. The target group is young people who have completed primary education, young people in upper secondary education and young people who are covered by the municipal activity responsibility. Young people living in socio-economically disadvantaged households are a priority group.

The Government intends to give the Public Employment Service (arbetsförmedlingen) the task of distributing up to SEK 180 million (about 18 million euros) to Sweden's municipalities to strengthen their opportunities to create summer jobs for young people. 

The Government has previously presented a number of measures that strengthen the conditions for meeting increased unemployment. The Government's previous measure Jobs for young people in 2021 together with this investment in summer jobs means that the Swedish Public Employment Service can distribute a total of SEK 380 million for job creation for young people through the municipalities during the current year. This is estimated to be able to contribute about 20,000 jobs for young people in the municipalities' activities.

 

Jobs for young people 2021

To improve young people's entry into the labour market, the Government has commissioned the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) to distribute up to SEK 200 million (about 20 million euros) to the municipalities to strengthen their opportunities to create jobs for young people. 

The target group for the initiative is young people who in 2020 have completed, or in 2021 will complete, their upper secondary education and young people who are covered by the municipal activity responsibility. The Employment service should strive to distribute half of the money according to the number of young people in the municipalities living in households with low socio-economic status. Socio-economically low status refers to households where earned income is less than 60 per cent of the median in the country. The grant may be paid for jobs during 2021 and may last for a maximum of 4 months.

The Public employment service must submit a final report in May 2022. The final report must also state how many young people, divided by gender and age, have found work and how the grant has been distributed based on the number of young people living in households with low socio-economic status.

 

SEK 1 billion to enable more jobseekers to access job-matching services in 2021

The Government proposes that funds are allocated to gradually increase the number of participants in procured job-matching services. Increasing the extent of procured matching services can contribute to shorter periods of unemployment and a lighter burden on Arbetsförmedlingen. It can also contribute to gradually increasing the suppliers’ capacity to offer matching services for jobseekers ahead of a future reformed system.

In the Budget Bill for 2021, the Government proposes that SEK 1 billion be allocated to gradually increase the number of participants in procured matching services as part of Arbetsförmedlingen’s reform process. This will be followed by an estimated SEK 1.5 billion in 2022 and SEK 2 billion in 2023. It is estimated that in 2023, SEK 500 million will be added to appropriation 1:2 ‘Grant to unemployment benefit and activity support’