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Employment Agency gets rid of job application quota

Updated måndag 24 november 2014 kl 15.00
Published måndag 24 november 2014 kl 11.28
Arbetsförmedlingens GD Mikael Sjöberg. Foto: Yvonne Åsell / SvD / TT
Employment Agency General Director Mikael Sjöberg. Photo: Yvonne Åsell / SvD / TT

The Swedish Employment Agency is stopping its policy of forcing unemployed people to apply for jobs they have no chance of getting, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

"In order to reduce the total number of irrelevant job searches that steal time away from everyone involved, I have eliminated the rule that requires every job agency employee to give a specific number of required job applications for an unemployed person every time they have a meeting," the Employment Agency's general director Mikael Sjöberg told Dagens Nyheter.

Sjöberg said that the rule ended up having the effect that some job seekers were completely ignored in the matching process.

Sjöberg said that some job agency advisors, "just picked 20 jobs from the system."

"But individuals felt forced to apply to everything because the job-seeking process is monitored," Sjöberg told Dagens Nyheter.

Carina Lindfelt, head of the labor division at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, told news agency TT that she thinks it would be good for companies to receive fewer job applications from people who are unqualified for the jobs.

"This is very good, this is something that our companies have been very irritated with for a long time now. Most of the companies are small and have no HR department, it is the owners who must take on the task of looking through the drove of applications that come in," Lindfelt said.

But Lindfelt is still worried about where the Employment Agency is in general heading.

"Even if Mikael Sjöberg is now taking this opportunity to attempt to fix things, he still has to deal with the fact that the Employment Agency has the absolute lowest public confidence of all authorities in Sweden. And it continues to sink lower. So, he has a long road ahead," Lindfelt said.

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