Sweden

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LABOUR MARKET

 

 

Labour market indicators

Unemployment rate in 2004: 6,30% (ILO data)


Working population:

Year

Total Population

Working population

Activity rate

2004  

8 985 000  
4 882 270  
54%  
Source : Worldbank


Employment by sector:

Year

Agriculture

Industry

Services

2004  

2.4%  
22.5%  
75.1%  
Sources: ILO, Eurostat, last available data

 

Employment contracts
Legal clauses regulate employment contracts and to a lesser degree collective agreements and individual negotiations.
The terms of employment contracts cannot be changed. The limits for dismissal are strict.


Salaries

National monthly minimum wage as of 01/01/2003: No legally mandated national minimum wage

Average wage for a wage earner in the manufacturing industry in 2004: 126.1 euros by  hour (ILO data)


Social security contributions

Employer: 33 %.

Employee: 6.95 %.

 

Number of hours

Legal definition of full time work (per week): 40 hours

Retirement age: 65

 

Unions

Average rate of union membership:85 %.

Unions: LO LANDSORGANISATIONEN I SVERIGE (Swedish blue collar trade union centre) and TCO TJANSTEMANNENS CENTRALORGANISATION (White Collar union centre) can be listed.


Useful links

For further informations on the labour market, check out the following web sites:

- International Labour Organization (ILO): studies, statistics and reports on working conditions and labour markets

- NATLEX : ILO database on national labour laws

- Ministry for Industry, Employment & Communications

- BIR Sweden 2002 (PDF file)


Last modified in January 2006
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