​Sweden has an extensive social welfare system. The Swedish Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) is the agency responsible for your benefits. The principle is that you should be able to afford being absent from work when necessary. This applies regardless of whether you are away from work because you have had a baby or because you or someone in your family gets ill. A large portion of your costs are subsidised in Sweden via tax revenue. Here are a few examples:
  • pay during sick leave
  • 480 days paid parental leave
  • free schooling

At Chalmers we seek to establish a good work/life balance. We want to provide you with the means to pick the best path possible in your pursuit of making a difference. Our ambitions in this area are reflected in the generous annual leave agreement, but also in many other areas, such as Chalmers’ favourable arrangements for you as a parent.

Working hours

We believe that your ability to regulate your own working hours helps make us a better university. Chalmers has two main working hours agreements.

This applies mainly to Operations Support staff. Fixed hours between 09:00 and 15:00 with a flexitime option at lunch and before and after the fixed hours.
Non-regulated working hours
This normally applies to teachers, researchers and doctoral students. “Non-regulated working hours” means that you can do your work when and where you choose, as long as it's in accordance with your assignments. Accordingly, you will have a dialogue with your manager about what is suitable.


Chalmers has generous benefits when it comes to holidays. This is because we want you to have time for recovery and return strengthened to work.
Parental leave
Whit us, you receive supplementary compensation for 330 days of your parental leave until your child is 18 months old.

Care for sick child
You should feel that you have the opportunity to be at home if your child becomes ill and therefore Chalmers supplements the compensation you receive from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.
Annual leave and public holidays
We want you to rest so that you can come back with perspective and energy.
Your paid annual leave:
28 days up to and including the year you turn 29            
31 days starting the year you turn 30  
35 days starting the year you turn 40
You are paid full salary when making use of your annual leave which you can spend as soon as you start your employment. Paid leave is also granted for several (national) public holidays.
Sick leave
We want your full potential to be restored. Therefore, we try to put in early rehabilitation efforts and if you become ill, we share the responsibility for your compensation togehther with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.
  • Chalmers pays the first 14 days of a period of illness, were the sick pay is 80%.
  • The Social Insurance Agency pays your compensation from day 15 of the sick period.
  • Chalmers supplements the compensation you receive from the Social Insurance Agency.


In the same way that we care about your best during working life, we wish you a sustainable existence when you leave us. Here are some examples of benefits that affect your retirement.

Occupational pension
As an employee with us, you are covered by the state occupational pension agreement PA 16. That means that we pay money into your occupational pension every month. PA 16 is a collective agreement negotiated by the trade unions in the state area (OFR/S,P,O Saco-S, Seko) together with the Swedish employers agency. Which year you were born affects what your occupational pension looks like.

There are two departments in the occupational pension agreement. Generally, you belong to section two if you were born before 1988:

Survivor´s pension
Our agreement also includes a so-called survivor´s pension, money that be paid to your family if you should die. In some pension agreements, survivors´pensions are also called family pensions.
Salary change
With us, you have the opportunity to save for an extended pension, so-called salary change. This means that you can save part of your gross salary for your occupational pension in a favorable way. You then strengthen the occupational pension that the employer already pays.
Sickness pension
If you receive sickness compensation or activity compensation from the Swedish Social Insurancy Agency, you may be entitled to an extra compensation from SPV. That benefits is called a sickness pension.   


We want you to devote time to your well-being. We know that in the long run, your well-being is good for all of Chalmers, which is why we have several wellness benefits.
Wellness benefit
You will receive SEK 2,000 per year to spend on wellness and fitness activities.
Wellness hour
Chalmers gives you the option to engage in some form of physical activity during working hours, once a week.
Occupational healthcare
Chalmers has an agreement with an Occupational Healthcare provider, where you can seek advice and treatment for any job-related illness or preventive care which is provided by medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists and personal trainers. This is at no cost for you and normally you get an appointment within a week.
Occupational eyeglasses
You are provided a vision examination and occupational eyeglasses if you need them.
Pharmaceutical benefit
As a Chalmers employee, we reimburse your expenditures for prescription drugs until you have reached the high-cost threshold.
We want you to have proper protection during your working hours and as an employee, you are covered by several different insurance policies:
  • Business travel insurance - Coverage for a maximum of 365 consecutive days while you are travelling on business, including 14 days of paid leave taken immediately before or after the trip.
  • Occupational group life insurance - In the event of death, the insurance provides financial protection to the insured person’s spouse, registered partner or de facto spouse and children.
  • Occupational injury insurance - Covers injury or illness due to accident or otherwise caused by the insured person’s occupation.
The Job Security Foundation
We want you to have proper protection when your employment with us has ended.
If you have worked at Chalmers continuously for at least two years and your employment ends, the Job Security Foundation offers the following:
  • Support in finding a new job
  • Financial support
Registration and possible support are dependent upon the length and scope of your employment.




Page manager Published: Fri 02 Jul 2021.