Job Vacancy Survey

Description of the data collection

The statistics on job vacancies are a sample survey where data on open job vacancies are inquired specifically for each establishment.

The data collection is based on Regulation No 453/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Each establishment is questioned at most in two successive years always during the same quarter. The survey is answered with either a web questionnaire or a telephone interview.
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy's inquiry concerning labour force services is attached to the survey.

From whom are data collected?

The target population of the inquiry comprises all private or public sector establishments employing paid employees representing at least one staff-year. The inquiry is directed to those responsible for recruitment at establishments.

The data collection includes 2,500 different establishments in each quarter.

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Responses given by individual establishments cannot be distinguished from the published results.

What are the data used for?

The data obtained from the data collection are used for compiling the statistics on job vacancies and the attached part for the Ministry of Employment and the Economy is used for developing the activity of labour administration and surveying recruitment problems.

The results describe the demand for labour and changes in it examined from the viewpoint of employers. The main users of data are the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, other political decision-makers and those following regional development, the media and Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:


In 2013, the sampling for the statistics was changed so that the strata better meet the information needs of the statistics and establishments are no longer divided by their number of personnel to those continuously included or changing targets.
In 2002 to 2005, the inquiry was conducted by telephone interviews. Since 2006, the respondents have also been able to answer the inquiry with a web questionnaire.

How often are data collected?