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How The Local can help recruit your dream colleague

Whether you’re filing your taxes, avoiding strikes or dreaming of spring weather, you already trust The Local for your news. But did you know that as Europe’s leading job site for international talent, we can also help you recruit your next dream colleague at work?

How The Local can help recruit your dream colleague
Are you involved in your employer's recruitment? Are you looking for a python developer? What about a high school teacher? When you’re looking for English-language staff across Europe, The Local Jobs has over 45,000 weekly jobseekers interested in all kinds of industries. 
 
Our jobs site is particularly popular with people looking for tech jobs. Developers, engineers, UX designers, product owners and data analysts are attracted by innovative companies across Europe, and the prevalence of English as the business language in the sector – and The Local is one of the top places they turn to. Customer Service, Sales, Marketing, Travel and Teaching are also among the most searched for roles.
 
Our pool of candidates consist of a mix of jobseekers settled across Europe, looking for their next challenge close to their chosen home, as well as highly mobile candidates from around the world, open to opportunities across Europe. And they’re highly skilled: 92% of our readers have a college or university education, 43% have a postgraduate degree and 72% say The Local is their primary source of news & information.
 
Annie Karlsson, COO of Scandinavian design phenomenon Bemz is delighted with their recruitment outcomes: “The Local was the most cost-effective recruitment channel we've used. Their international audience is a unique pool of talent.”
 
 
 
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Reader question: When am I eligible for a Swedish pension?

A reader got in touch to ask how long he had to work in Sweden before he was eligible for a pension. Here are Sweden's pension rules, and how you can get your pension when the time comes.

Reader question: When am I eligible for a Swedish pension?

The Swedish pension is part of the country’s social insurance system, and it can seem like a confusing beast at times. The good news is that if you’re living and working here, you’ll almost certainly be earning towards a pension, and you’ll be able to get that money even if you move elsewhere before retirement.

You will start earning your Swedish general pension, or allmän pension, once you’ve earned over 20,431 kronor in a single year, and – for almost all kinds of pension in Sweden – there is no time limit on how long you must have lived in Sweden before you are eligible.

The exception is the minimum guarantee pension, or garantipension, which you can receive whether you’ve worked or not. To be eligible at all for this, you need to have lived in Sweden for a period of at least three years before you are 65 years old. 

“There’s a limit, but it’s a money limit,” Johan Andersson, press secretary at the Swedish Pension Agency told The Local about the general pension. “When you reach the point that you start paying tax, you start paying into your pension.”

“But you have to apply for your pension, make sure you get in touch with us when you want to start receiving it,” he said.

Here’s our in-depth guide on how you can maximise your Swedish pension, even if you’re only planning on staying in Sweden short-term.

Those who spend only a few years working in Sweden will earn a much smaller pension than people who work here for their whole lives, but they are still entitled to something – people who have worked in Sweden will keep their income pension, premium pension, supplementary pension and occupational pension that they have earned in Sweden, even if they move to another country. The pension is paid no matter where in the world you live, but must be applied for – it is not automatically paid out at retirement age.

If you retire in the EU/EEA, or another country with which Sweden has a pension agreement, you just need to apply to the pension authority in your country of residence in order to start drawing your Swedish pension. If you live in a different country, you should contact the Swedish Pensions Agency for advice on accessing your pension, which is done by filling out a form (look for the form called Ansök om allmän pension – om du är bosatt utanför Sverige).

The agency recommends beginning the application process at least three months before you plan to take the pension, and ideally six months beforehand if you live abroad. It’s possible to have the pension paid into either a Swedish bank account or an account outside Sweden.

A guarantee pension – for those who live on a low income or no income while in Sweden – can be paid to those living in Sweden, an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or, in some cases, Canada. This is the only Swedish pension which is affected by how long you’ve lived in Sweden – you can only receive it if you’ve lived in the country for at least three years before the age of 65.

“The guarantee pension is residence based,” Andersson said. “But it’s lower if you haven’t lived in Sweden for at least 40 years. You are eligible for it after living in Sweden for only three years, but it won’t be that much.”

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