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Where are the available workers?

Most of the unemployment in Finland is in the industrial, technical, art, administrative and office work sectors. There is oversupply particularly in the following professional groups:

  • general secretaries
  • administrative and executive secretaries
  • user support persons
  • tailors, dressmakers and furriers
  • furniture-makers
  • multimedia graphic designers
  • journalists
  • woodworking-machine tool setters and operators
  • information and communications technology installers and servicers
  • craft printing workers
  • bank staff and related clerical staff
  • social and cultural researchers
  • travel agent staff
  • advertising and marketing experts
  • printers

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Where are the available jobs?

In Finland, most of the vacancies advertised are in the health and social services sector, construction industry, services and commercial sector (demand is particularly high in sales). There is a particular shortage of labour availability in the following professions:

  • construction sector supervisors
  • speech therapists
  • specialist medical practitioners
  • civil engineers
  • general medical practitioners
  • experts in social work
  • sales representatives
  • telesales and customer-service centre staff
  • nurses and public health carers
  • dentists
  • early childhood educators
  • welders and flame cutters
  • concrete layers, concrete finishers and related workers
  • office and workplace cleaners
  • other kinds of construction workers

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Short overview of the labour market:

The population of Finland is approximately 5.5 million. The size of the country’s working age population will decrease in the coming years due to an increasing rate of retirement. At the same time, the number of immigrants is growing, and people are staying at work longer. In 2018, the labour force consisted of just under 2.5 million workers.  The average number of people unemployed in 2018 was approximately 200 000, and the unemployment rate was around 7.5 %.

Today, most employed persons in Finland work in the service sector. The sectors employing the largest number of people are commerce, transport, hotel and catering services, education, health and social services, and other services. Employment in the service sector is expected to continue to increase in the future.

Some of the largest employers in Finland are Posti Group Corporation, offering postal and courier services, the OP Financial Group, providing banking and insurance services, and ISS Palvelut Oy, which provides property and facility management services.  The largest number of recent new employment opportunities have been in small and medium-sized enterprises. In Finland, the public sector is also a big employer. For example, the City of Helsinki is the largest single employer in Finland. It offers employment in the sectors of education, health and social services, transport and maintenance.

Employers’ requirements regarding the staff they employ vary greatly according to the job. The absence of suitable employees in Finland is often due to jobseekers’ inadequate training, or lack of relevant work experience or specialist skills.

Finland uses a system that provides detailed information on which professions and occupations have a demand for or possible lack of workers (the Occupational Barometer). 

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