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The demand for labour in Sweden is increases but will employer look at skills rather than race?

Monday, 05 December 2011
Reports recently our here show that there are few skilled people looking for work here, in Sweden that in some times in the past. But the question asked is if employers have looked properly into non Swedish looking people and encourage them to apply for positions.

Swedish unemployment continues to fall
Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Approximately 345,000 people, or 6.9 percent of the Swedish workforce, were unemployed in October.

Sweden implements tougher rules for foreign cleaners

Thursday, 17 November 2011
The Swedish migration board is determined to tighten rules for cleaning companies that want to hire people from outside the EU. This follows the general Swedish shift to tighten immigration as the economy weakens

1.5 million Swedes with out unemployment insurance protection

Sunday, 05 February 2012
It is not very clear how it has come to this but more Swedish able bodied workers have decided not to join any form of unemployment insurance scheme. This is blamed on the exorbitant costs and bureaucracy the scheme has adopted in recent years.
As such, more and more Swedes who have or are looking for works choose to remain outside the unemployment insurance scheme, known here n Sweden as “a-kassan” a recent Swedish television news investigative program show.

In total, it has been accounted that some nearly 1.5 million people in Sweden or one third of the workforce have been affected. This has ignited discussion on the issue which has to do with unemployment benefit and how its can be made more favourable for claimants so that the trend should out gallop out of control.

In December 2006, Sweden's labour force, that is all employed and unemployed people together, made over 4.6 million people. Of these, 844 000 are not members of an unemployment insurance fund. This was exacerbated when the contribution was increased sharply as such around half a million Swedes got out of any such scheme.

In November last year, the unemployment insurance funds only managed to lure back a fifth of those who had disappeared while the labour had time to rise to just under 4.9 million. Of those, 1.463 million are not members of an unemployment insurance fund, an increase of 73 percent.

An umbrella organization that takes care of all unemployment insurance funds in Sweden, argues that the system is too expensive, and also complicated.
“To get back the members of unemployment insurance funds, the fee must be reduced and the conditions become easier to understand. It must also provide a better alternative. Today, only around 10 percent of those who become unemployed actually receive 80 percent of previous income, says Melker Ödebring who is Secretary of the Unemployment Insurance umbrella organisation, SO.

A cheaper and more equitable unemployment compensation scheme with higher benefits would be well worth it. Another solution that has been discussed extensively is some form of compulsory unemployment insurance, but even though the government promised to introduce it in some form, it still seems to linger.
At the moment the issue is being investigated and assessed for the second time.
By Team

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