Sweden’s state-run employment agency, Arbetsförmedlingen, will cease to provide recruitment services but will instead act as a watchdog as many of its activities are privatised. The Swedish Public Employment Service (SPES) will analyse and provide labour market policy assessments, besides retaining responsibility for disabled persons and new arrivals.
Employment Minister Ylva Johansson said on Thursday that the agency would continue to provide services to all job seekers until private companies could take over their job matching activities.
The reorganisation of the agency will be carried out as soon as possible and SPES has been instructed by the government to identify the areas of the reform that can be implemented earlier than 2021. PES is to report back to the government by November 2019 at the latest.
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