Collection of teacher data

Description of the data collection

Statistics Finland collects data concerning teachers in basic and upper secondary general education, vocational basic and adult education, and voluntary adult education as a charged service under an assignment of the Ministry of Education and Culture based on the situation on 1 September. Data on, for instance, the nature of teachers' employment relationships, task types, teachers' qualifications, continuing training and also on sizes of teaching groups in basic education are collected.
The teacher data are collected by sector with three different web questionnaires directly from educational institutions.

In 2019, the collection of teacher data is conducted between 1 September and 31 October. Educational institutions are informed about the storing of data and the storing schedule with an accompanying letter. The storing is carried out in stages. The application may only be accessed by data suppliers who have received a user ID from Statistics Finland.

In 2008, the Council of the European Union approved a statistical regulation on education and lifelong learning. The Regulation applies to the joint data collection of UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat (UOE), which collects data concerning educational institutions, teachers, students and qualifications, and which Statistics Finland fills out annually.

From whom are data collected?

The targets of the data collection are all teachers in basic and upper secondary general education, upper secondary vocational education and voluntary adult education on 1 September. Teachers on leave of absence are excluded from the data collection.
Participation in the collection of teacher data is voluntary. It is, however, important to include as many schools as possible in the data collection in order for the inquiry to be successful.

Data processing

The right to collect data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004). The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat individual-based data as confidential. The answers of an individual person cannot be identified in the statistics to be published.

What are the data used for?

Based on the collected data, the Finnish National Board of Education compiles the Teachers in Finland publication, which describes the situation in autumn. The report based on the teacher data of 2016 ( was published in 2017.
The data are used, for instance, to scale and plan the national need to train teachers, and when responding to international information needs.

How often are data collected?

Other regular