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Sweden – Children’s book published promoting agency work

05 September 2013

Agency employment has become very popular in Sweden in recent years. In the past ten years,the number of agency employees has doubled from 70,000 per year to 140,000, according to the Swedish Staffing Association (Bemanningsforetagen). 

The reasons why people seek out jobs in the staffing industry vary. Recruitment agencies provide work for students on holiday, retirees, and those looking for an array of experiences. Just like Jobbman.

Jobbman is the main character is a new series of children’s books being published in Sweden by author Anja Ek. The creation of the Jobbman character is as much a reflection on the increasing importance of the staffing industry, as it is on children’s literature.

The books centre on Jobbman who is looking for work. It explains: "This is Jobbman. He likes to work. But there's a problem. He cannot decide what job he wants. No matter how much Jobbman thinks about it, he cannot decide. But one day he finds a job that allows him get to work with different things. He begins to work for a company that hires out staff to different workplaces. Now Jobbman doesn’t have to wonder anymore."

There are currently three books with the titles: Jobbman works as a chef; Jobbman works as a firefighter, and Jobbman works as a midwife. While author Anja Ek has a deal for more books in this series, focusing on different jobs carried out by agency workers across Sweden. 

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