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Published: 24 March 2011

Employment rate exceptionally high among those with tertiary level degrees

In 2008, 85 per cent of those with tertiary level degrees were employed, which is 14 percentage points higher than the employment rate of total population. The situation was best for those with doctorate level degrees, whose employment rate was over 90 per cent. The difference between the employment rate of women and men was small, only good one percentage point, while in total population it was three percentage points.

Employment rates of total population and persons with tertiary level degrees (aged 15 to 65) by level of education and gender in 2008

Employment rates of total population and persons with tertiary level degrees (aged 15 to 65) by level of education and gender in 2008

The employment rate of those with higher university level or doctorate level degrees varies somewhat by field of science. The employment rate was best in the fields of medical and health sciences (93%) and engineering and technology (90%). The employment rates of those with degrees from humanities (83%), natural sciences (85%) and agricultural sciences (86%) were slightly weaker. Differences in employment between men and women were mostly minor, but in the fields of natural sciences and engineering and technology, women's employment was around four percentage points lower than men's corresponding figure.

Employment rate of persons with higher university level or doctorate level degrees (aged 16 to 64) by field of science and gender in 2008

Employment rate of persons with higher university level or doctorate level degrees (aged 16 to 64) by field of science and gender in 2008

The unemployment rate of those with tertiary level degrees was 4.4 per cent in 2008. The fall in unem-ployment that had continued throughout the 2000s stalled then. At the same time, the unemployment rate of total population was 6.4 per cent. There were also differences between highly educated groups. The unemployment rate of those with doctorate level degrees was lowest, i.e. 2.4 per cent and the unemployment rate of those with lowest level tertiary education was 5.0 per cent.

Sixty-two per cent of the personnel in the field of science and technology worked at specialist tasks and 19 per cent at management. There were great differences between men and women's employ-ment. Nearly one third of men worked at management tasks, while only about every tenth of women. Of men, 54 per cent were employed at specialist tasks and of women 69 per cent. Women's employ-ment at management and specialist tasks has not changed much over the 2000s. Men have slightly increased their share in management tasks.

Occupations of science and technology personnel by occupational group and gender in 2008

Occupations of science and technology personnel by occupational group and gender in 2008

Source: Human resources of science and technology 2009. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Marianne Kaplas (09) 1734 3421, tiede.teknologia@stat.fi

Director in charge: Leena Storgårds

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Updated 24.3.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Human resources of science and technology [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-3244. 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.2.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/tthv/2009/tthv_2009_2011-03-24_tie_001_en.html