Following her appointment in a surprise cabinet reshuffle on September 17, the new minister for labour, Elisabeth Svantesson, told Svenska Dagbladet that she wants stricter conditions for welfare recipients, a longer trial period for new employees, which she intends to extend from six months to a year, and increased funding for employers who recruit foreigner workers.

With a year left to run before general elections, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt also replaced the minister for international development cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, whose position will now be taken by former labour minister, Hillevi Engström.

On September 18, Reinfeldt also presented a draft budget for 2014, which includes a total of 15 billion kronor (€1.7bn) in tax cuts.