Ministry of Employment (Sweden)
The Ministry of Employment (Swedish: Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet) is a ministry in the Swedish government responsible for labour market, labour law and the work environment. The Ministry is also responsible for the work of advancing gender equality and human rights at national level. Moreover, the Ministry is responsible for efforts to increase integration, combat segregation, racism and discrimination, and strengthen the rights of children and LGBTI people.
The Swedish Ministry of Employment has two ministers (april 2019). Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark is head of the Ministry. Åsa Lindhagen is Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation. The ministers also have political advisers on staff who assist them in policy work, providing background material, political assessments, planning and coordination, and media contacts.
The Ministry has an Office of the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, two secretariats and six divisions, which are led by non-politically appointed officials.
The Ministry of Employment was established in 1974, when the Ministry of the Interior (Swedish: Inrikesdepartementet) was split into two new ministries. The Ministry of Employment assumed responsibility for labour market, labour protection and immigration issues. Housing policies were transferred to a new Ministry of Housing (Swedish: Bostadsdepartementet).
On January 1, 2007, the ministry was reinstituted after a decision by the new government that took office on October 6, 2006.
Areas of responsibilityEdit
- Introduction of new arrivials
- Labour law and work enivorment
- Labour market
- Gender equality
- Children's rights
- Democracy and human rights
The Ministry of Employment is principal for the following government agencies:
- Gender Equality Agency (Jämställdhetsmyndigheten)
- Delegation against segregation (Delegationen mot segregation)
- Agency for Work Environment Expertise(Myndigheten för arbetsmiljökunskap)
- Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen)
- Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket)
- Labour Court (Arbetsdomstolen)
- Unemployment Insurance Board (Inspektionen för arbetslöshetsförsäkringen)
- Council for Employee Representation on Boards of Directors (Nämnden för styrelserepresentationsfrågor)
- Council for the European Social Fund in Sweden (Swedish ESF Council)
- Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (Institutet för arbetsmarknads- och utbildningspolitisk utvärdering)
- Advisory Board on Patent Rights and Compensation Settlements for Inventions at Work (Statens nämnd för arbetstagares uppfinningar)
- National Mediation Office (Medlingsinstitutet)
- ILO committee (Svenska ILO-kommittén)
- Board against Discrimination (Nämnden mot diskriminering)
- Ombudsman for Children (Barnombudsmannen)
- Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen)
- Ministry of Employment, official website (in English)
- Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet, official website (in Swedish)