Sacked jobs chief bounces back
Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist, who was fired as the head of the state run jobs agency, Arbetsförmedlingen, has spoken for the first time about the experience. She told newspaper Dagens Nyheter about the overwhelming support she received in the days after she was fired last August. She said: "The day after I got 450 text messages from people from the outside. There was both anger, frustration and an affirming pat on the shoulder."
Bermudez-Svankvist still gets a full monthly salary of SEK 142,400 and a room in the Cabinet Office. She has only been there once in five months. Instead, she uses the time to "train, write and analyze."
She was sacked after the Employment Service Board expressed that the the agency no longer had confidence in Bermudez-Svankvist and she was forced out by the government.
"Actually, I should got a big pat on the back and a thank you for a wonderful job during this time. If there was someone who delivered it was me," she told DN.