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Procurement with the aim of increasing employment

Public contracts can be used to help people who have difficulty finding work to enter the job market, resulting in improved skills supply. Here you will find a model for how it works.

Employment requirements in public procurement means that a purchasing organisation places conditions in the procurement contract so that, for the contractual period, the successful bidder must provide employment, training, internship or traineeship for individuals who have difficulty entering the job market. Examples of those who could be given jobs, internship or traineeship according to these requirements are new arrivals, young people or the long-term unemployed.

Public procurement with employment requirements is one of several possible ways of helping people on the job market. Those who have difficulty entering the job market find employment, and companies are given new resources to help them grow and reach their full potential. Moreover, society saves money when unemployed people start working, increasing tax revenue.

In order to simplify this, the National Agency for Public Procurement has collaborated with a number of partners to develop support for employment requirements in public procurement.

Illustration of the national model for employment requirements in public procurement.
Illustration of the national model for employment requirements in public procurement. The model is based on the purchasing process.

Support has been set up for the roles involved and is made available for all stages of the strategic purchasing process.  

  • Decision-maker and management those who initiate policy decisions and strategies for the organisation, such as politicians and officials.
  • Contracting organisation issuer of procurement contracts containing employment requirements, such as procurers, purchasers and project managers.
  • Supplier tenderer or supplier that has an interest in the employment requirements, such as companies or organisations.
  • Job-matching service works with job market issues and matches job seekers with employers. For example; labour market administrations or public/private employment agencies.