Arbetsförmedlingen is a national public agency with 320 local employment offices, organised under 11 market areas spanning across the whole country. Arbetsförmedlingen is led by Director General Mikael Sjöberg and the head office is located in Stockholm the capital city of Sweden.
Our mission, long-term objectives and tasks are given to Arbetsförmedlingen by the Swedish Parliament and the Government. Our overall goal is to facilitate matching between jobseekers and employers, with special priority given to jobseekers that, for various reasons, experience extra challenges in being able to find employment. It is also our responsibility to ensure that unemployment insurance scheme is effectively used as a transition insurance between jobs.
Arbetsförmedlingen has a coordinating responsibility for labour market integration for certain newly arriving immigrants. The task is to give these newly arriving individuals the support they need in order to learn Swedish, find work and become self sufficient as quickly as possible.
Arbetsförmedlingen’s tasks also includes vocational rehabilitation, in collaboration with Försäkringskassan, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. This aims to help individuals with limited work capacity due to disability or illness to be able to start to work again.
Some figures for 2014
- The Platsbanken job bank at arbetsformedlingen.se had more than 1,7 million visitors every month
- 1 045 000 job announcements in Platsbanken
- 67 000 persons with a functional disability found work
- 90 000 new arrivals were registered at Arbetsförmedlingen
- 1 436 supplementary actors