For university employees or doctoral candidates

Here are the agreements and terms and conditions for employees within higher education. 

About 5 000 members of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers are employed in higher education. We work to promote your interests, both union and professional, as concerns ministries and government agencies. We have a particular focus on working conditions and salary formation, which are a prerequisite for continued growth in both research and education. 

Lecture: How far can your PhD take you?

Sveriges Ingenjörer offers economic and employment security as well as career advice during PhD studies and in the following career regardless of which engineering-path you take. We are happy to offer a lecture on career opportunities and work-life in Sweden for PhD candidates.

See the lecture live at your campus this spring or attend the webinar 12 March 2020.

Career outlook in Swedish academia & industry

Andreas Nyström PhD, Head of Negotiations for the Public Sector at Sveriges Ingenjörer delivers insights on which industries and sectors that hire PhDs and what salary and titles you can expect. See the webinar online 12 March or find your campus in the calendar.

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University operations

  • University operations are regulated by legislation and agreements 
  • The Higher Education Act is separate legislation for the university field 
  • The regulations for universities consist of government instructions on the application of the Higher Education Act 
  • Relevant labour law legislation is also, of course, applicable in the field of higher education 

FAQs on being a university employee

The general salaries and benefits agreement, ALFA, is concluded through the RALS agreement and is the basis of employment. ALFA contains provisions on salaries, expenses, working hours, holidays, leave, notice periods and other terms of employment. Parts of this are then re-regulated locally e.g. holiday issues, travel allowances. 

Working hours are negotiated to meet the needs of local operations. The basis is, of course, is the Working Hours Act. Contact your local Saco-S Association representative for what applies at your workplace. 

Salary formation must take place locally. The local salary agreement covers all academics in the workplace. The framework for how to do this is stated in the central agreement. 

The RALS agreement provides the conditions for local salary formation. For universities that are voluntarily affiliated with the Government Employer Agency, the RALB agreement applies. 

Working terms and conditions

The terms of employment in higher education are governed by agreements at different levels, centrally and locally. Local agreements are based on the central. Central agreements are made between Saco-S and the Swedish Employers Agency and apply to all universities and university colleges. Local agreements are negotiated between the local Saco-S association and the employer. 

For doctoral candidates

When you are a doctoral candidate, you work under different circumstances and with different employment conditions as compared to the rest of the labour market. We are here for you with help and support, you can also pay reduced union membership fee while you are undertaking doctoral studies. 

If you are already a member of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers and wish to change to a doctoral candidate fee, please contact our membership service. We need to know where you are studying for your doctorate and for how long. 

If you are not a member, you are welcome to apply for membership. Do not forget to indicate in your application where you are studying for your doctorate and for how long. 

Read more information directed specifically to present or future doctoral candidates. 

Union representative at your university

You are represented at your workplace by the Saco-S local association. Saco-S brings together members from the Saco associations that work in the public sector, including members of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers.

The local association negotiates with the employer on salaries, local agreements and individual membership matters. In addition, there are local associations for the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers at the universities. They work to monitor members' areas of interest and provide advice. 

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