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Checklist for signing a contract

Employment agreement/قائمة مرجعية لتوقيع العقد

When you receive your first job offer there are some things to think of before you start working. 1. Make sure you have a contract A verbal job offer is legally binding but it is hard to prove what has been promised without written proof. It is, therefore important to get a written contract as soon as possible. You […]

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Employment types

أنماط التوظيف

There are three types of employment in Sweden: tillsvidareanställning, tidsbegränsad anställning and provanställning.  It is important to know what kind of employment you have or are being offered, as regulations varies between them. Your employment contract should clearly state what kind of employment you have. 1. Tillsvidareanställning (employment until further notice) Tillsvidareanställning (colloquially called fast anställning) is a coveted employment form. This […]

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Unemployment insurance

unemployment

It is common to have unemployment insurance in Sweden. About 80% of the working population in Sweden has one and Migrationsverket (the Swedish Migration Agency) recommends all Newbies to sign up for one. Loosing your employment is always stressful and having unemployment insurance can make it less nerve-wracking. Unemployment insurances are called arbetslöshetskassa (or simply […]

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Labour Unions

Labour unions/ نقابات العمال

Sweden has a long tradition of labour unions. The first ones where founded in 1880 and nearly 70% of the working population in Sweden belongs to a union today. This makes Sweden one of the most unionised countries in the world. Why join a union? Swedish unions are powerful and they regulate essential parts of the Swedish work market. This is done by collective […]

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Find a job through networking

network

Most jobs are found in a person’s own network – you know someone, who knows someone, who has a friend that is looking for someone just like you. The probability of finding a job through your network is significantly bigger than through work agencies. People in your network are people who know and trust you and are familiar […]

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Regulated professions

regulated professions/المهن السويدي

Some professions are regulated through Swedish law. This means that certain professions require a particular qualification or authorization in order to be performed in Sweden. Examples of regulated professions in Sweden are: nurses doctors teachers dentists diving instructors You need to validate your qualifications and get a Swedish authorization if you wish to work in any of […]

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Staffing agencies

Staffing agencies/ وكالات التوظيف

One way into the Swedish work market can be through a staffing agency. About 1,4 % of the total workforce in Sweden is employed through a staffing agency and this employment form has become increasingly popular over the last years. Staffing agencies are mostly specialised on a certain work fields, making it possible for certain professions […]

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Professions where workers are needed

work shortage/نقص في المهن

Sweden has a shortage of people with specific skills within certain professions. There is, e.g. a great lack of nurses, doctors, system developers, cooks and teachers at the moment and this shortage is predicted to persist over the next five to ten years.  Acquiring skills in any of these professions can be a way to break into the Swedish labour market. Learn more […]

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I’m a Newbie – can I find work in Sweden?

newbie work

Making it on the Swedish work market as a Newbie isn’t always easy. It usually takes a Newbie about six to seven years to enter the Swedish work market.  Of the European countries, only Spain, Greece and Belgium are slower at getting their Newbies to work. Why is this so? Well, that is a good question. One explanation could be that Sweden […]

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Find a job

Find a job The job search can often feel a bit overwhelming. Here you learn about your different options on where to look for work and how to approach the Swedish labour market. Find a job Kick start your job search by following this guide: a step-by-step guide to your next employment. Read more The […]

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