As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the Swedish government has made temporary changes in the unemployment benefit system. This is to make it easier for individuals, companies and society to economically survive the situation. This applies to new applications where our decision is made on or after April the 13th 2020.
The work requirement
To be able to receive unemployment benefits, you will have to meet some requirements. The work requirement has been lowered from 80 to 60 hours per month. You will need to have worked for at least 6 out of the past 12 months, for at least 60 hours per month.
There has also been a change that will allow part-time and hourly workers to qualify. You will need to have worked 420 hours in total during 6 consecutive months, but no less than 40 hours per individual month, to qualify.
The membership requirement
You will also need to meet the membership requirements to receive the maximum amount of benefits. During the time period March to December 2020 every month will count as 4 months. Therefore 3 months of membership will count as 12 months. That means that you will be qualified quicker.
No waiting period
When you have been approved with unemployment benefits you will not have the 6 day waiting period. This applies to decisions made between March the 30th 2020 and January the 3rd 2021.
Increased maximum benefit
The highest benefit level is 80 percent of your income up to SEK 33 000 per month. The maximum unemployment benefits per day (for the first 100 days of unemployment) is being raised from SEK 910 to SEK 1200 per day, before tax. You will see in your decision what amount you will receive.
Increased basic benefit
The level of basic benefit is based on your average hours worked, not your average salary. This makes it possible to receive a maximum of SEK 510 per day.
This could change quickly depending on the Governments decisions. We advice you to keep yourself up to date on what is happening regarding the unemployment benefit system.