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Swedish government's labour review will damage service industry, warns ALMEGA

* Almega-SWEDEN.jpgALMEGA - the employers' organisation for the Swedish service sector, is warning that an upcoming labour market enquiry by Sweden's government is likely to damage the sector.

The Association's chief economist Patrick Joyce has issued the warning, following a Government announcement that an enquiry will review how the labour market should be designed with regard to immigration. It is proposing to reintroduce work permits for people from countries outside the EU.

"It is not the right time to make proposals to make the shortage of skills more difficult," says Patrick. "The government's announcement that it will try to reintroduce the official review, of which professions will be allowed for labour immigration, was not unexpected, but is still unwelcome."

ALMEGA believes that if the proposals are adopted, they will bureaucratise labour immigration and make the already long processing times for work permits even longer. It says that more than half of the service companies today have difficulty finding the labour they need and that there is an easier way to combat the issues regarding the employment of 'illegals'.

"Abuse in labour immigration must be combated with stricter controls and sanctions against rogue companies," says Patrick.


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