Ministry of Employment (Sweden)
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The ministry offices are located at Jakobsgatan 26 in central Stockholm.
The Ministry of Employment was established in 1974, when the Ministry of the Interior (Swedish: Inrikesdepartementet) was split into two new ministries. The Ministry of Employment assumed responsibility for labour market, labour protection and immigration issues. Housing policies were transferred to a new Ministry of Housing (Swedish: Bostadsdepartementet).
On January 1, 2007, the ministry was reinstituted after a decision by the new government that took office on October 6, 2006.
Areas of responsibility
- Introduction of new arrivials
- Labour law and work enivorment
- Labour market
The ministry is headed by the Minister for Employment, Ylva Johansson (S). 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. Furthermore, each minister has a political staff including political advisors and press secretaries. The political staff assist the ministers by preparing political issues, planning and coordination and contacts with the media.
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 Ministry of Employment is principal for the following government agencies:
- The Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen)
- The Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket, AV)
- Swedish Labour Court (Arbetsdomstolen)
- Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board (Inspektionen för arbetslöshetsförsäkringen, IAF)
- Council for Employee Representation on Boards of Directors (Nämnden för styrelserepresentationsfrågor)
- Council for the European Social Fund in Sweden (Swedish ESF Council)
- Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (Institutet för arbetsmarknads- och utbildningspolitisk utvärdering, IFAU)
- National Advisory Board on Patent Rights and Compensation Settlements for Inventions at Work (Statens nämnd för arbetstagares uppfinningar)
- National Mediation Office (Medlingsinstitutet)
- Swedish ILO Committee (Svenska ILO-kommittén)
- Ministry of Employment, official website (in English)
- Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet, official website (in Swedish)