Organisation of public employment services at the local level in Sweden
Sweden is undergoing a major reform of its public employment service (PES) Arbetsförmedlingen,
shifting its main role from providing in-house services towards monitoring of providers
and working with different stakeholders in guiding and implementing labour market
policies. At the same time, the PES is undergoing a significant restructuring, resulting
in a downscaling of physical presence across the country and an increased digitalisation
of services. To support this reform and services to jobseekers across urban and rural
settings, this report a describes the main features of the Swedish labour market and
employment system and analyses the challenges of the reform from a local perspective.
In light of international examples, it outlines policy options for contracting services
to ensure coverage in all places and for all jobseekers, managing the balance between
physical and digital services, and coordinating services at the local level.
Published on January 27, 2023
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