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Factsheet for measure SE-2008-5/2485 – measures in Sweden

The Public Employment Service's forcast ('the occupational compass')

Arbetsförmedlingen (Yrkeskompassen)

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 February 2008
Context Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 07 November 2022)

Background information

The Occupational Compass is a web-based service presenting labour market information and outlooks for almost 200 occupations over the next 1 to 5 years.

The occupational compass was created so that person’s about to choose their occupational path could choose on with some foreseen security and stability in employment prospects. The compass was also expected to be helpful for persons working with offering labour market guidance.

Content of measure

The Occupational Compass covers the largest and most common occupations in the labour market and professions. It covers about 80% of employment options in the labour market. Forecasts are made for one year and five years into the future. Occupations involving very few employees are not covered.

It is targeting those who are about to choose their future occupation and those who are working with outplacement or counselling services. The Occupational Compass is updated, revised and published twice a year. The short-term forecasts on one-year-basis are done at the local level, while the long-term forecasts (5 years) are only done at the national level.

Use of measure

This is one of few labour market forecasts that provides detailed projections at the occupational level. The annual assessment is based on the individual local employment offices' forecasting. The results are then summarised to a regional and national assessment. In a government report, some doubts on the quality of the local offices' forecasts accuracy were raised.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



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