More employers seek access to crime register

An increasing number of Swedish employers are demanding applicants to submit a report from the national criminal database.

The number of requests has increased more than three-fold in the past eight years.

“There has been a massive increase and it feels almost as if every second employers was to have a database record. This applies to as good as all groups of employees,” said Solveig Johansson at the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) to the trade union newspaper TCO Tidningen.

In 2003 133,100 requests were made for criminal records while in 2010 this figure had leapt to 363,900 with 2011 forecast to be a record year.

Since 2001 there has been a requirement for all those working in schools and children’s daycare to submit a record from the criminal register covering sex offences and serious violent crimes.

Employers from other sectors are however entitled to request the full criminal records of applicants, which would show all offences, such as shoplifting or speeding.

Solveig Johansson told TCO Tidningen that the Police Board regularly fields calls from concerned job-seekers.

“They ask whether there is something they can do to remove the information in the criminal register, but it is not possible,” she said.

The boom in requests is explained by the fact that more employers have become aware of the possibility of running a check on job applicants and also due to a greater concern over criminal activity in society.

The recent revelations by Swedish Olympian Patrik Sjöberg that he was abused by his high jump trainer while a youth has brought the question of background checks on those in positions of responsibility into focus.

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Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier

Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.