Presentation on theme: "Living and working in Sweden Torino October 2007"— Presentation transcript:
1 Living and working in Sweden Torino October 2007
2 Content Facts Working and work law Professions and labour market Trade unions and unemployment insuranceSocial insurance
3 …more content Registration and ID-numbers Taxes Housing Cost of living Useful web-addresses
4 Public Employment Services (Arbetsförmedlingen) Service through:Internet (24 hour service)by telephone via Customer Service Centres (7 day service)The Public Employment Office – “Arbetsförmedlingen” (over 300 offices)
5 Sweden facts9 Million inhabitants, 85% live in mid or southern Sweden.The “Mälardalen” region around Stockholm has 2.6 million inhabitants.Öresund region (Malmö-Copenhagen) very expansive.Since 1995 member of the EUIn Schengen, but not EMU.
6 Kiruna 21 Counties Umeå 20 inhabitants / km2 Stockholm Nordspets – sydspets = Malmö – FlorensStatistiskt sett bor det 1 person/km2 i norra Sverige.290 MunicipalitiesGöteborgMalmöYstad
7 Absolut Swedish Using tu and first names not titles During summer is Sweden “closed”Using Internet is common in SwedenSystembolaget“Allemansrätt” in the nature
8 Italians in SwedenThe first Italians came to Sweden in 1947 to Malmö for working in the Swedish industry.During 1940s and 1960s came approximately 500 Italians each year to Sweden.Italian organisations were created and today there exists 17.
9 Arrival All citizens from EEA and Switzerland have free mobility. No transitional rules to SwedenRegistration of right of residency required for stays longer than three monthsWork permits are required for Non EEA/Swiss citizens. Restrictive policy on issue.
10 Working and work law… 40 hours week Minimum 25 days of paid holiday No national minimum wageStrong trade unionsCollective agreements(between trade unions and employers org)Forms of contracts: Permanent (the norm), Project or temporary.Trial period max 6 months
11 … Working and work law Flat organisations Teamwork and equal opportunitiesExpected to take own initiativesAverage wage SEK (Sept 2007):SEK (men), SEK (women)Unemployment rate 3.7 % (July 2007)
12 Applying for Work in Sweden is an accepted mode for applications.An application should be typewritten in Swedish or English.Generally you do not enclose a photo.An application consists of:- personal letter (no more than 1 page, often less)- your CV (1-2 pages)- references (can also be given at the interview)You may be asked to present evidence of professional qualifications and diplomas later on.
13 Regulated professions Recognition of qualifications and diplomasGeneral information and teaching professionsHealth care and medical professionsSome craft and trade workers by trades organisation (examples electrician, hairdresser)
15 Labour Market Situation - shortages - BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTIONElectriciansPlumbers (Ventilation and Sanitation)Construction Workers (painters, bricklayers, concrete workers, electricians)Sheet metal workersEngineers(Spring 2007)
16 Labour Market Situation - shortages - TRANSPORTTruck MechanicsSheet Metal WorkersCar Body Repairers (panel work)Car MechanicsINDUSTRYTool MakersWeldersMachine Tool Operators (NC/CNC)(Spring 2007)
17 Labour Market Situation - shortages - ENGINEERINGBuilding Services EngineersMechanical engineersHeating and Ventilation EngineersElectrical engineersThermal Insulation EngineersOTHER PROFESSIONSCooks(Spring 2007)
18 Taxes www.skatteverket.se Special income tax 25% for non-residents (max 6 months)Council tax 26-34% (PAYE system)State tax on yearly incomes overVATSverige näst högsta skatter efter Danmark.
19 Social Insurance The Insurance Office www.fk.se Financed by taxes and employer’s feesMain fields:-Health insurance. First 14 days by employer. First day unpaid, from day 2 based on salary.-Parental insurance. 480 days,Sverige näst högsta skatter efter Danmark.
20 …Social Insurance Pensions Child allowance. From 1050 SEK/month.Child care. Sick child under 12 years, max 60 days per yearHousing allowanceRehabilitationsNOT unemployment insuranceSverige näst högsta skatter efter Danmark.
21 Unemployment Benefits Are not a part of the Social Benefits scheme.Consists of two parts:Basic insurance (Alfakassan): For all workers after a qualifying period: No membership requirement, max 320 SEK/dayVoluntary insurance: You must apply to become a member of an Unemployment Insurance Fund and pay contributions. After the qualification period, 80% of earlier income, max 680 SEK/day300 days
22 AccommodationRent an apartment or houseExample: 1 bedroom apartment, average rent 4,150 SEK/month (January 2006, )Buy an apartmentBuy a houseAccommodation costs vary greatly
23 Food Costs Loaf of bread 13-15 SEK Butter, 500 g 20 SEK Minced meat, 1 kg 50 SEKHamburger SEKPizza SEKToday’s Special SEKBeer in a bar, 50 cl 50 SEKGlass of wine in a bar 55 SEK
24 Useful Web Addresses Finding a job Applying for a job, CV templates
25 Useful Web Addresses Population, Civic Registration and Taxes Social InsuranceWork and Residence permit and Right of residence cardSwedish Embassies
26 Useful Web AddressesLiving and Working ConditionsThe Swedish School systemThe National Health BoardRecognition of Foreign Diplomas
27 Thank You for listening! Catarina YstehedEURES AdviserArbetsförmedlingen/EURES StockholmNorrtullsgatan 6, Box 6046 S StockholmTel+46 (0) ,fax +46 (0)