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The new Director General of the Public Employment Service, Mikael Sjöberg. Photo: Bertil Ericson och Jessica Gow/TT.
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"Not enough with a new director general"

Social Democrat Mikael Sjöberg has been appointed the new Director General of the Public Employment Service, however, critics say the service needs more.

Mikael Sjöberg assumes the position as head of the Employment Service in March and says to Swedish Radio that he hopes to improve the recruitment process for both employers and employees and restore public faith in the Employment Service.

"I am honoured and humbled by this decision. It is a large and complex authority that I'll be leading. It will be both rewarding and challenging," Sjöberg says.

The unions that Employment Service workers belong to are pleased that the position going to Sjöberg, but not everyone is convinced.

Martin Ådahl from the Center party tells Swedish Radio News that it is not enough to appoint a new director general, and that the entire way the authority goes about its work needs to be reviewed.

However, Ylva Johansson of the Social Democrats, who has served as Sjöberg's boss, says she believes he is exactly what the Employment Service needs.

Sjöberg takes over after the previous Director General Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist was fired from her post. Bermudez-Svankvist was ousted from her post after the Employment Service's board voted that they no longer had confidence in her leadership last year. Bermudez-Svankvist, a dentist by profession, was director-general of the Public Employment Service for five years.

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