Job, job, job

The laundry association's mission is to contribute to increased growth in the market through education and information, thereby promoting the laundry industry in Sweden.

If there is the will, there is the potential

The laundry and textile service industry has great potential for new hires and, not least, being able to offer so-called entry jobs.

As the industry expands, the economic value of society increases by increasing tax revenues and by the fact that more people come to work, receive wages and can increase their consumption. This positive development accelerates if the industry is given the right conditions:

The number of jobs can be doubled

The laundry and textile service industry is a broad and expansive industry with great potential for the future. It has sales of about SEK 5 billion in Sweden and has about 000 employees. We also estimate that there are also 400 employees at subcontractors who work with orders from the industry companies.

The industry has a great opportunity to offer employment to people who are otherwise far from the labor market, so-called entry jobs. Within the largest occupational group in the industry, about one third have a high school education and just over half the upper secondary education; about 46 percent are born abroad.

The market consists of two areas: rental / leased textiles and customer-owned textiles. The companies range from one-man companies to very large workplaces and are aimed at companies, municipalities and county councils as well as private consumers. With the right conditions, the market potential is an additional SEK 3,75 billion. This in turn can result in approximately 5 new employees in the industry and 300 new jobs in other industries.

Laundry Association in numbers

  • Companies with 1-10 employees 83% 83%
  • Foreign-born labor 46% 46%
  • Proportion of women in the industry 55% 55%
  • Employees with pre-secondary education 30% 30%
  • Employees with upper secondary education 54% 54%
  • Employees with post-secondary education 14% 14%

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The turnover of the member companies in relation to the entire industry

Now Ruth should be allowed to move away from home

Today, the so-called Ruth deduction covers household work, which includes, among other things, home laundry services. If a person comes to your home and washes in the home's washing machine, the work is entitled to a tax deduction. However, if you leave the same laundry to a professional laundry, you will have to pay the full cost of the service. Reasonability can be highly questioned.

For professional laundries, optimization of energy, water and chemicals is part of the business model itself. The companies' quality assured processes are fully set to reduce the use of resources during the wash and are also supervised by the local environmental committees. All members of the Swedish Laundry Association are authorized by Ensucon.

Emissions from many small washing machines, probably overdosed according to available studies, are likely to have a completely different environmental impact.

In addition, we can consider the justice aspect. Villas usually have their own washing machine, all apartments do not have it. Unlike, for example, cleaning, the laundry does not need to be done in the home. On the contrary! It can even make it easier for the individual if the home, in this case, does not have to be a workplace with the requirement to suit the times of others.

A reform for pensioners and families with children

If the Ruth deduction is to help the elderly who cannot do the laundry on their own and families with children who do not get the life-long task together, we must find solutions that suit everyone. If the Ruth deduction is to contribute to increased employment at the same time, there is no reason whatsoever to limit the service to the home's laundry room. Today's situation hardly promotes increased quality, environmental friendliness and specialization.

An entry into the labor market

The Swedish laundry and textile service industry has around 5 employees and is a growth industry with great potential. The industry employs to a large extent young people, people who do not have post-secondary education and people who have not established themselves in the labor market. For example, the laundry companies employ many people with foreign backgrounds who have recently come to Sweden and who need to enter and develop in the labor market. The Ruth deduction has great potential for increasing the employment rate in this entire group.

Self-financing improvement

It's time for Ruth to move away from home. Allowing Ruth's deduction to include laundry services even outside the home is a fairly small and logical step. It would, however, make a big difference for needy groups such as pensioners and families with children. They could easily get help without having to leave their home for work. At the same time, the change would make a big difference to ensure continued growth and new jobs in the industry. In addition, there is much to suggest that a change in Ruth's deduction in this direction would sustain itself financially with increased tax revenue in the form of VAT and increased employment and reduced labor market spending. It provides good conditions for a welcome reform.

Jan Kluge, President

Tor-Björn Angin, Vice Chairman of the Swedish Laundry Association

Free work clothes - a matter of course

New rules from the National Board of Health and Welfare's own ambitions raise that municipalities are increasingly choosing to offer free work clothes to staff in areas such as elderly care, home care and pre-school. It is a matter of hygiene, identification and justice.

The Swedish laundry and textile service companies are ready to help. The services we offer contribute to the functioning of the business and public sector. By ensuring that textiles stay whole and clean for a long time, we protect both people. The T-mark for a sustainable society A green circular industry In order to create an ecologically sustainable society, new materials, chemicals are being developed in the laundry and textile service industry, and processes are also being optimized to reduce waste. This development is supported by the demands placed on the professionals by the T-mark, ie a quality mark that may be used by all members of the Swedish Laundry Association. The labeling means that the laundries meet the federation's requirements for professional knowledge, good enterprise and efficient use of resources.

The authorization check ensures that a laundry carrying the T mark meets the requirements of the Laundry Association in the areas of hygiene, finances, process control, environment, work environment and quality. and environment. We like procurement, competition and diversity and believe in an inclusive society. The professional and authorized laundry and textile service companies are an industry with around 5000 employees and we employ many young people, many without completed education and many who are born abroad. We see our diversity as a strength and our employees as our greatest asset. This makes us an important entry-level industry.

The T-mark for a sustainable society

A green circular industry In order to create an ecologically sustainable society, new materials, chemicals and the process of optimizing processes to reduce waste are being developed in the laundry and textile service industry.

This development is supported by the demands placed on the professionals by the T-mark, ie a quality mark that may be used by all members of the Swedish Laundry Association. The labeling means that the laundries meet the federation's requirements for professional knowledge, good enterprise and efficient use of resources.

The authorization check ensures that a laundry carrying the T mark meets the requirements of the Laundry Association in the areas of hygiene, finances, process control, environment, work environment and quality.

A green circular nutrition

About the report

This page is based on the folder "Jobs, jobs, jobs" which is about creating jobs, but also about getting important service performed with quality and environmental requirements. For further information we refer to the report The social value of the laundry and textile service industry - Today and tomorrow.

Report author: Stefan Öster Öster Research |osterresearch.com | stefan@osterresearch.com

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