Arbetsförmedlingen to lay off 4500 workers, close some offices

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On Wednesday morning, employees at Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish Public Employment Office, received a notice of impending job cuts – which will cover 4,500 people.

A large number of the employment service’s offices will thus be closed down throughout the country.

“It is a heavy decision we have made,” says the Swedish Public Employment Service’s chief executive, Mikael Sjöberg.

Around 3,500–4,000 of the affected employees are reported to be outside the head office in Stockholm. The Public Employment Service currently has about 13,500 employees and 430 consultants.

According to Aftonbladet’s information, however, the employees are expected to be notified of the individual redundancies only in early April when the trade union negotiations are completed.

Of the total of 242 offices in the country, the majority is expected to close, as the agency will instead be outsourced to private actors.

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