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Summer jobs promised for all students who want them

12.05.2021 - 11:56
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 Mynd: Freyr Arnarson - RÚV
2,500 summer jobs will be on offer for students aged 18 and over, as part of the government’s Hefjum störf (Let’s Get Working) campaign. Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Minister for Social Affairs and Children, says jobs will be available for all students who want to work this summer.

Hefjum störf is intended to make it easier for companies, agencies, municipalities, and charities/NGOs to hire new staff. Ásmundur Einar presented the package of student summer jobs at the government cabinet meeting this week.

Who are the jobs for? 

“Students aged 18 and over. 1,400 jobs are going to municipalities, where the municipalities will create positions with support from Vinnumálastofnun (the Directorate of Labour). Then there are public agencies, non-profits, and also for trades students. These 2,500 jobs will be advertised today. And we are ready and able to create more jobs if these positions fill up in the coming weeks. We are going to make sure that all students who want jobs this summer can find work,” the minister told RÚV. 

Employers will receive financial support for each student employed under the scheme. The support will cover full standard daytime wages under current collective bargaining contracts, up to a maximum of 472,000 krónur a month, plus pension contributions, for a maximum of two-and-a-half months. 

“These are very diverse jobs. Jobs at ministries, jobs at agencies, jobs at municipalities, including at their offices. At non-profits, the offering is very diverse, because they are as diverse as they are many. I think everyone should be able to find something suitable,” Ásmundur Einar says. 

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