New start job - how it works

New start job is a scheme offering compensation to employers who are willing to hire someone who has been out of the labour market for a long time.

The road to employment with a new start job

An employer wants to hire you in a new start job

If you meet any of the conditions, you can consider whether a new start job is something for you. Find an employer who is willing to hire you in a new start job, either through your own contacts or through us. Ask the employer to submit an application to us. Bear in mind that new start job is a scheme offering compensation that is paid to the employer in order to hire you.

For whom – do you meet the requirements?

Application for the employer

Fill in the form on My Pages

Once we have received the application from the employer, a form will appear on My Pages in your event feed. This is where you fill in information about your time away from the labour market. Your absence must be valid (e.g. parental leave or sick leave) and to some extent continuous for you to be able to have a new start job.

How to fill in the form

If you do not have a computer or electronic identification

  • If you do not have a computer or a smartphone, you can visit us and use one of our computers.
  • If you do not have electronic identification, you can answer the questions about your absence from work by filling in a paper form: Job seeker’s summary for new start job (pdf, 2 MB). The form may also be obtained at any of our offices.

How to get electronic identification

Form: Job seeker’s summary for new start job (pdf, 2 MB)

We make a decision

The Swedish Public Employment Service makes its decision on the new start job. The decision is based on your answers and any certificates together with the employer’s application and whether the employer meets certain conditions.

How much the employer can claim

You start work

Once we have made a decision, you can start your employment in the new start job. This means that your employer receives compensation for hiring you and you will get a new start.

Draw up an employment contract

You and your employer draw up an employment contract. The employer sends a copy to the Swedish Public Employment Service within 30 days of commencement of your employment.

Rights and obligations – things to bear in mind when drawing up an employment contract

How we make a decision

Once we have received the employer’s application and your answers in the form on My pages (or on a paper form), we will investigate and assess whether you meet the conditions for a new start job. We then add up your periods of valid absence from work. Examples of valid absences are if you are a new arrival, if you have been receiving sickness compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency or financial assistance from the municipality. The longer you have been away from the labour market, the higher the compensation paid to the employer.

For whom – do you meet the requirements?

The employer must also meet certain conditions, for example having no tax debts passed on to the Swedish Enforcement Authority or significant records of non-payment.

How the new start job affects you

  • The new start job scheme is a government “compensation” scheme in the form of a credit to the employer’s tax account with the Swedish Tax Agency for your employment.
  • The new start job does not affect your wages, working hours or the length of your employment.
  • You are entitled to the wage that is stated in the employer’s collective agreement. If the employer does not have a collective agreement, you shall still receive a wage that is equivalent to the level in the collective agreement.
  • A position in the form of a new start job is covered by the Swedish Employment Protection Act (LAS). If the employer has a collective agreement, agreement may have been reached to depart from certain parts of LAS.
  • Compensation to the employer is time-limited, but your employment does not need to be.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get a new start job?

It is the employer who applies for a new start job for you if you have been out of work for a long time.

  • The employer can receive compensation for hiring you if you are registered at the Swedish Public Employment Service and have, for example, been out of work, on sick leave or unemployed and receiving social assistance for a long time.
  • You, as a jobseeker, receive employment and a wage, and the employer receives support from the Swedish Public Employment Service. The employer cannot, however, receive compensation for a job that already exists.
  • Nor is the employer entitled to receive compensation if you have a significant influence in the business by, for example, sitting on the Board of Directors or being a partner, company signatory, managing director or the like.
  • If the employer is a sole trader, he or she cannot receive compensation for employing his or her spouse or cohabiting partner.

New start job – when an employer hires someone who has been out of work for a long time

For what forms of employment does the new start job scheme apply?

A new start job is not a form of employment, but a tax subsidy for a normal job that applies to permanent jobs and fixed-term jobs. It also applies to part-time jobs. The new start job scheme does not apply to on-call jobs, so-called hourly jobs.

What wage will you receive in a new start job?

  • If the employer has a collective agreement, you must be paid in accordance with that collective agreement.
  • If the employer does not have a collective agreement, you must be paid a wage that is equivalent to the collective agreement for the industry. This means that the wage may not be lower than the stated wage in the industry’s collective agreement.
  • The employer must also provide a copy of the employment contract, which must state what terms of employment apply and what wage you are to be paid. The employer must submit a copy to us within one month of the start of the employment, otherwise the Swedish Public Employment Service will revoke the decision on the new start job.

How does it work with holidays, sickness benefit and parental leave?

A new start job is a substitute for a normal job. Holidays, parental allowance and sickness benefit must also work in the same way as in a normal job.

Do I have to report activities if I have a new start job?

If you are working full-time, you do not need to submit an activity report. If you are working part-time, you need to report for the proportion for which you are still looking for work:

  • Example 1. If you are working full-time, you do not have to report activity.
  • Example 2. If you are working 75% and are registered for 25% at the Swedish Public Employment Service, you must submit the activity report every month. This applies regardless of whether you are claiming compensation for 25% in the form of
    unemployment benefit/activity support or not.

Don’t forget to submit an activity report for your last month out of work. You will usually do this when your employment has already started.

What are the requirements for the employer ahead of the new start job?

  • The employer must be registered in the Swedish Tax Agency’s employer register and report tax and employers’ contributions to the Swedish Tax Agency the month after wages have been paid.
  • The employer pays wages electronically throughout the compensation period.
  • The employer must not have any business prohibition or tax debts that have been passed on to the Swedish Enforcement Authority.
  • The employer must not have significant records of non-payment.

For how long can the employer obtain compensation for my employment in a new start job?

  • At the Swedish Public Employment Service, we calculate for how long and how much the employer can receive in compensation for your employment. If you are to be hired and are entitled to a new start job on several grounds, we choose the alternative that is of most benefit to the employer.
  • We decide on compensation for no more than one year at a time.
  • We base the calculation on how long you have been out of work.
  • The employer must also report any changes to us that may affect entitlement to compensation or the scale of compensation. The employer must do so as soon as anything changes. We may then need to review the decision.

How does the employer extend the new start job?

If the employer wishes to extend the new start job, we need to receive an extension application. The decision that the employer receives from us states how long the maximum time for compensation is. It is important that the employer applies for an extension before the decision period expires.