Looking forward to work in Sweden? Here are some information and tips to help you land a job in the kingdom.
If you are planning to live and work in Sweden, it is best to inquire on the labor market's requirements beforehand and on relating conditions and formalities. In general, these differ for nationals of the European Union and those coming from third countries. So if you are coming from a non-European country, you will probably need a permit.
European Union nationals do not require a permit to work in Sweden. Indeed, they are allowed to settle in the country before looking for job. They can also be accompanied by their family members, provided they are also European Union nationals.
If you intend to make a more than 90 days stay in the country, you are required to register with the Migrationsverket, that is the Swedish Immigration Agency. Your family members and you simply have to produce your valid identity documents (passport and/or national identity card).
In case your family members are not European Union nationals, they will have to request for a resident card on their arrival in the country.
Non-EU nationals living in a EU country
Non-European nationals living in a European Union country first have to apply for the migrant status.
Since a few years, Sweden has become the dream land of many expatriates, especially in professional terms. Indeed, you will enjoy a new more relaxed and planned working environment than what you are probably used to. Sweden is world famous for providing a pleasant and efficient work space with motivating conditions.
There is no official minimum wage in Sweden, unlike in many European countries. Hence, the minimum wage generally means around 60% to 70% of the average wage. In fact, employers and workers syndicates negotiate salaries for each branch. In case of disagreement, the different stakeholders refer to the National Mediation Office rather than giving rise to social disputes.
The legal working week in Sweden consists of 40 hours.
Each employee is entitled to 25 days leave, excluding 16 public holidays and 6 half days a year.
In some cases, employees may have to perform extra hours. Note that extra hours are either remunerated at an hourly plus rate of 50% to 100% or refunded in additional leaves.
The Swedish labor market is rather open towards expatriates. Hence, you are likely to be hired in the following fields: commercial services, construction, education, engineering, catering, health care, industry, information and communication technology, machine operating,science, mechanics, transports, etc. You can find a detailed list of the promising sectors on the Work in Sweden portal.
Find a job
Most job vacancies in Sweden are available in Swedish. Hence, it is best to have some knowledge of Swedish if you intend to work in the country.
Feel free to browse ads on general and specialized job websites, as well as on professional social networks and other virtual platforms. Consider sending spontaneous job applications to companies operating in the country as well. You might be lucky! Who knows?
Expat.com – Jobs in Sweden