Minister for Employment Elisabeth Svantesson is head of the Ministry and her State Secretary, Christina Ramm-Ericson, manages day-to-day work in the areas of the labour market and working life. This involves planning, coordination and follow-up of the Ministry's activities.
Minister for Integration Erik Ullenhag is the Deputy Minister for Employment and his State Secretary Jan-Ove Jerrestål manages day-today work in the areas of integration and discrimination.
The Ministers each have a political staff with press secretaries and political advisers.
Divisions and Secretariats
The Ministry has an Office of the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, two secretariats and five divisions, which are led by non-politically appointed officials.
Office of the Director-General for Administrative Affairs
This office is under the management of the Director-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs and is responsible for ensuring that the preparation of the Ministry's matters is legal, consistent and uniform. There is also a Director of Planning who assists the management in coordinating the Ministry's activities. In addition, a Communications Unit is responsible for external and internal communication. The Communications Unit is led by a Head of Communications.
The Legal Secretariat is under the management of the Director-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs and is responsible for drafting proposals for referral to the Council on Legislation, Government bills and other legislative work.
The Secretariat is also involved in the drafting of other bills and Government communications and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of EU rules, for legal quality assurance and for ensuring that the work of the Ministry is legal, consistent and uniform. The Secretariat also offers advice on legal matters to the Ministry leadership and other departments.
Secretariat for Operational Support
The Secretariat for Operational Support is responsible for providing support to the Ministry and coordinating and developing the Ministry's work on the central government budget, agency management, operational management, follow-up of activities, reporting and strategic skills and resources planning, as well as overall organisation and staffing policy issues that affect the Ministry and its committees.
The policy divisions lay the groundwork for Government decisions. This involves working on Government bills, administrative matters - such as appeals - budget and governance issues in relation to government agencies and state-owned enterprises and development work in the form of inquiries and remits, etc. EU negotiations and other international assignments are common features of the divisions' work.
Division for Labour Market Policy
The Division for Labour Market Policy is responsible for issues relating to employment services, labour market policy programmes and individual benefits such as unemployment insurance, activity support and development allowance. The division also works on issues including the European Social Fund, economic analysis in the labour market field, processing of statistical data for analysis of labour market issues and participation in meetings of the EU, OECD and the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Division for Labour Law and Work Environment
The Division for Labour Law and Work Environment is responsible for issues concerning individual and collective labour law, working environment, working hours, government wage guarantees and wage formation.
Division for Discrimination Issues
The Division for Discrimination Issues is responsible for issues and matters related to human rights at national level, discrimination and national minorities. The division is also responsible for issues concerning equal rights and opportunities for LGBT people and issues relating to xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance.
Division for Integration and Urban Development
The Division for Integration and Urban Development is responsible for the coordination and development of integration policy issues, and issues and matters relating to the introduction of immigrants to Swedish society. The division is also responsible for issues concerning Swedish citizenship, urban development, translators and interpreters. In addition, the division produces regular statistical analyses related to integration.
The International Division is responsible for coordinating the Ministry's EU issues and international work. This work includes coordination issues related to labour immigration. The division is also responsible for certain employment issues within the EU, as well as issues concerning the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The division also organises the Ministry leadership's international travel and visits, and provides the political leadership and other divisions with assistance on EU and international matters.