Friday, June 3, 2011

How Can You Work in Sweden?

It seems that the world financial crisis is almost on its way out and a sure sign of this is the decrease in unemployment statistics that are recorded on a quarterly or a monthly basis. This indicator is a sign of the increase of business confidence. Businesses feel that they are stable enough to hire people predicting in a rise or gain in sales over the next period. The other way governments help to get out of a seeming recession is to create jobs through infrastructure projects. Governments can also promote their own local companies in exporting their products through other incentives such as tax breaks and promotional aid in trade fairs and shows.

Different governments have different ways in attracting people to work in their countries. To work in Sweden for example, priority is given to their citizens naturally, and to members of the European Union. But more importantly than that, you must have a work permit. To have this, you must have a standing work offer from a company based in Sweden. This company must have advertised this job vacancy in the European Union papers and in the local papers as well. Their offer must be in accordance to a collective agreement or a customary term for that type of work or occupation, based on the standards of the specific industry. 

This company must have also given the union that represents that industry time to state an opinion on the terms of employment, which generally means that they approve of this employment. If one is working for less than 3 months, then a work permit is only required but anything more than that, a residency permit is also needed. The residency permit is granted by the Migration Board who has the power to deny your permit to stay. Before the internet, you could apply for such permits at a Swedish Consulate or Embassy. These days, you can file for an application for a residency permit online. The nice thing about the residency permit is that if your employment is scheduled for more than two years, you are eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.

There are some organizations that also help you get a temporary job in the country. One of these organizations is a student run organization called AIESEC which was founded in 1948 to deal with the temporary manpower shortage of managers after the Second World War. With this organization, some fees may be discounted especially if the trainee is a fresh student graduate. Whatever the reasons may be, work in Sweden should be something interesting especially for those not based in Europe.

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