Over 35,000 summer jobs still available in Sweden

Students and other people looking for summer jobs in Sweden shouldn't give up just yet - there are over 35,000 positions still to be filled, according to the Public Employment Service.

Over 35,000 summer jobs still available in Sweden
Jobseekers at the Public Employment Service in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

“The labour market is so far showing resilience in the economic climate and employers need to hire new people,” said Alva Johansson, labour market analyst at the Public Employment Service.

“Staff is above all needed in the healthcare sector, but also in industry and trade.”

The majority of employers want applicants to have completed upper high school – an equivalent of a Swedish gymnasieskola education.

“My best tips now is to take contact directly with employers who interest you. Tell them you’re interested in working there and what you can offer,” said Omid Rahmanian, job application expert at the Public Employment Service.

Although many foreigners in Sweden need a work permit to work in the country, EU citizens and non-EU citizens here on other permits, such as student permits or permits as accompanying family members, are able to work without needing to apply for a work permit first.

For these groups, a summer job can be a valuable way to gain work experience in Sweden, create a professional network and perhaps even land a permanent job.

Other tips for applying for summer jobs listed by the Public Employment Service include contacting employers directly to let them know how you can be of use to them and why you’re interested in working for them, as well as concrete examples for what you could help them with in a summer job.

They might, for instance, have a lot of customers who speak English, or another language you’re fluent in, where not being Swedish could be an asset. 

It’s also a good idea to research the place you’re applying to, so you can make a good impression in your first contact.

Summer jobs can also be a good way to try something new – maybe you have qualifications from your home country which aren’t recognised in Sweden, or maybe you just fancy a change?

Here are the most common job titles among 125,000 summer jobs advertised by the Public Employment Service between December 2022 and April this year:

  • assistant nurses in home care, care homes and rehabilitation: 27,124 jobs
  • healthcare assistant: 13,489 jobs
  • mechanic: 6720 jobs
  • carer, home carer: 5922 jobs
  • retail worker, specialist trade: 4599 jobs

You can see the Public Employment Service’s list of summer jobs here.

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8 surprising perks to living in Sweden that anyone can take advantage of

From endless refillable coffee to free advice for entrepreneurs, moving to Sweden comes with a whole trove of low-key benefits that Swedes are so accustomed to they barely get a mention. The Local’s reader Gemma Casey-Swift shares a shortlist of the more hidden perks she’s discovered.

8 surprising perks to living in Sweden that anyone can take advantage of

Yes, the weather is shocking. University is also free for EU citizens (equally shocking, depending on where you’re from). But beyond the absurd levels of cleanliness, superb transport infrastructure, and the comfort of knowing that if you’re off sick, your boss won’t bother you, there are many other sweet little perks to living in Sweden that everyone should know about.

Refillable Bryggkaffe (even on trains)

Sweden’s love for coffee is deeply ingrained in its culture, with Swedes consuming twice as much of the brown stuff as the average American. One delightful daily perk is the availability of free bryggkaffe (filter coffee) refills almost everywhere, even on trains — which embarrassingly I only realised after three years of commuting between Gävle and Stockholm. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Juicy tax reductions for home improvements with ROT and RUT

Nobody likes the T word, but before you start yawning, please take advantage of these significant tax breaks when sprucing up your home thanks to two popular tax deduction programs. 

The ROT deduction allows homeowners to get up to 150,000 SEK in tax reductions for renovations, repairs, and maintenance work on their property. The RUT deduction also covers domestic services such as cleaning and babysitting. These programs make home improvement more affordable while boosting the local economy by supporting small businesses.

Free dental care for kids and youths up to age 23

Sweden’s commitment to public health also extends to dental care, where children and young adults receive free dental services until they turn 23. Regular check-ups, orthodontic treatments, and emergency dental care are all included. If only I was 10 years younger.

SEE MORE: How much will I have to pay to go to the dentist in Sweden?

You get paid extra to go on holiday 

If you’re employed in Sweden you’re entitled to a holiday bonus, known as semesterersättning. It typically amounts to 12% of your monthly salary and is paid out during the holiday period so you don’t have to feel guilty about that extra margarita. The idea behind this perk is to ensure everyone has the financial means to enjoy a well-deserved break, promoting a healthy work-life balance and overall well-being. If I could hug Sweden right now, I would.

READ ASLO: Why you get paid MORE when you take time off in Sweden

Affordable guest apartments and communal BBQ areas

If there’s one thing the Swedes have truly mastered, it’s the art of apartment living. Not only do most apartment blocks come with pretty little shared courtyards equipped with barbecues and garden furniture, but many also offer gästlägenheter (guest apartments) or gästrum (guest rooms) that residents can book for as little as 200 SEK per night. Now you have no excuse when your siblings and their swarm of toddlers want to come and visit.

Delish dagens lunch deals

It’s no secret that eating out in Sweden ain’t cheap, but thankfully, you can get special “dagens lunch” (today’s lunch) deals almost everywhere. Even upscale restaurants offer these lunchtime specials, which typically include a main course, salad, bread, and coffee for a very reasonable price. For anyone in Stockholm, Artilleriet and Tennstopet are two great places serving up weekday lunchtime specials for less.

READ ALSO: ‘Dagens’ lunch specials – an unexpected window into Swedish society

Transferable parental leave 

Is it even possible to write this article without mentioning parental leave?

EXPLAINED: Sweden’s 480 days of parental leave: What you need to know

It’s well known that Sweden’s policies in this department are among the most generous in the world, but slightly less well-known is a new law that came into force a few weeks ago, allowing parents to transfer up to 45 days of leave to a close relative. This means Grandad or Aunty Emma can help out with childcare and actually get paid for it. Cute.

Extra support for jobseekers and aspiring entrepreneurs 

Searching for work or starting a company can be daunting, which the Swedish government seems to understand. Both Business Sweden and Stockholm Stad offer free sessions with business counsellors to support start-ups and small businesses.

The rusta och matcha program also pairs jobseekers with career coaches for personalised job search assistance. Additionally, Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service) covers travel expenses for job interviews, making nationwide job opportunities more accessible. These perks can offer a welcome boost during times of career uncertainty. 

All the small things 

Strangely, it’s often the little day-to-day things – not the big things – that make me appreciate my life here. Yes, the weather isn’t exactly great, but I can always daydream about where to spend my holiday bonus over two free coffees and a good dagens lunch deal. 

I hope I’ve missed many other small perks that the people of Sweden can enjoy. Please share any that spring to mind in the comments!