Labour Market Department

The Labour Market Department's role is to create effective measures to encourage more Stockholmers to find work, or start studying.

The Labour Market Department is responsible for:

  • labour market initiatives
  • adult education in Swedish for Immigrants
  • basic and upper secondary level adult education
  • municipal adult education (Komvux) as special education at basic and upper secondary level 
  • higher vocational education
  • coordinating the reception of new arrivals
  • coordinating holiday jobs for young people
  • providing activities for those aged 16-19 who are not pursuing upper secondary education
  • coordination of the City’s collaboration with the Swedish Public Employment Service
  • social orientation for new arrivals
  • coordination of the City’s work on the initial reception and establishment of new arrivals

The elected representatives on the Labour Market Committee make decisions on how the City should work in this area. The Labour Market Department must then implement the Committee’s decisions.

Labour Market Committee


The Labour Market Department is led by Labour Market Director Karina Uddén. The department consists of five divisions with responsibility for operations within each area.

Jobbtorg Stockholm

Jobbtorg Stockholm is the City of Stockholm’s common gateway to the City’s various labour market initiatives. The operation is tasked with helping individuals find work or start studies, and collaborating with employers.

Jobbtorg Stockholm offers support and coaching to unemployed people who have social problems or are in receipt of income support. The aim is for them to receive the support they need in order to get a job. 

Jobbtorg Stockholm offers help with, for example, counselling, job training, work placements, short vocational courses and matching with jobs, in both the private sector and the City of Stockholm. Jobbtorg works actively together with employers and businesses in Stockholm to match jobseekers with workplaces.

Staff can also explain which schools and colleges are available, and how to apply to them. Those taking part, who are known as ‘aspirants’, are taught, for example, how to bring out the best in themselves, learn better Swedish if necessary or learn more about a particular profession.

Individually adapted support and outreach activities

Jobbtorg Stockholm adapts its activities based on the individual needs of the aspirants. Young people who are not in education or work are offered early initiatives through outreach activities that lead to work or studies.

Jobbtorg collaborates with adult education to enable more long-term unemployed people to start and complete their studies, thereby improving their prospects in the labour market.

We also collaborate with businesses, organisations, foundations and associations, as well as the Swedish Public Employment Service, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and other government agencies to achieve the best possible results for the aspirants.

Jobbtorg – for those on income support 

Adult Education Stockholm

The Division is responsible for municipal adult education, including SFI (Swedish for Immigrants), special education for adults and higher vocational education under municipal management.

Adult Education Stockholm provides basic and upper secondary level adult education, tuition in Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), higher vocational education (YH) and special adult education (Särvux).

Municipal adult education (Komvux)

Komvux gives many people a second chance. It offers both individual courses and entire study programmes that correspond to upper secondary school programmes. Studies take place at basic or upper secondary level, and it is possible to study to both compulsory school and upper secondary school level.

Studying at Komvux does not cost anything, and it is eligible for student funding. Lärvux is an adult education study programme for people over the age of 20 who have learning difficulties.

Swedish for Immigrants – SFI

Education in Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) is a qualified language course for adults whose native language is not Swedish. All tuition is free and is open to people who have been granted a residence permit in Sweden.

The student can study in a classroom or remotely, during the daytime, in the evenings or at weekends, in low- or high-intensity courses, for different occupations and in special courses for students with disabilities, such as SFI for the visually impaired.

Vocational specialisation in adult education

Upper secondary vocational education and training has over 40 different vocational specialisations in health and social care, children and leisure, construction and civil engineering, automotive, trade and administration, hotels, restaurants and tourism, crafts and IT. The study programme to become an assistant nurse attracts the most students.

Higher vocational education (YH) offers study programmes that correspond to what the economy is demanding. The study programme consists to a large degree of a work placement, where the student acquires practical experience and makes important contacts for their future professional career.

Adult Education Centre

The City’s residents have a single point of entry to adult education through the Adult Education Centre. The study programmes are offered at six schools run internally and at around 40 contracted schools. The Adult Education Centre offers information and guidance. The Adult Education Centre is located at Rosenlundsgatan 52 in Södermalm.

Adult education

Unit for Administration and IT.

The Administrative Unit’s brief is based on having a governing, advisory and controlling function in relation to the Department’s operations, and the Unit has expertise in

  • IT
  • digitalisation
  • HR administration
  • committee administration
  • information security issues
  • public documents and journals
  • telephony-related issues and administration of the Department's headquarters.

The Administrative Unit is also tasked with carrying out internal control within the Unit’s areas of responsibility.

Finance Unit

The Finance Unit’s brief is based on performing a governing, advisory and controlling function in relation to the Department’s operations.

The Unit has expertise in the following areas:

  • governance and follow-up in respect of budgets and operations
  • management of operational statistics
  • ongoing accounting and financial statements
  • procurement and purchasing
  • strategic facilities-related and security issues.

The Finance Unit is also responsible for coordinating the City’s application for certain government grants for the reception of refugees. The Finance Unit is also tasked with carrying out internal control within the Unit’s areas of responsibility.

HR and Communications Unit

The HR and Communications Unit’s brief is based on performing a governing, advisory, training and controlling function in relation to the Department’s activities based on labour laws and agreements, as well as

  • communication strategies
  • consulting on communications
  • printed materials
  • web interfaces
  • digital media
  • advertising, etc.

The Unit has expertise in the field of HR and communications, encompassing a wide range of issues relating to

  • employeeship
  • leadership
  • health and safety issues
  • trade union collaboration
  • skills supply
  • organisational changes
  • external and internal communication.

Development and Investigation Unit

This Unit is tasked with investigating and initiating, leading and supporting development in the field of adult education and the labour market, with the aim of enabling more Stockholmers to start studies or find work.

The Unit also contributes to coordination and collaboration between different operational areas from an administrative and city-wide perspective. The Unit provides investigative expertise and resources for the Committee and the Department.