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Published: 16 February 2011

More open job vacancies in the last quarter than one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 32,700 open job vacancies in the last quarter of 2010, which was 49 per cent more than one year earlier (21,900). The measurement for the last quarter was taken on 1 December. In the whole of 2010, there were 23 per cent more open job vacancies, on the average, than in 2009.

Job vacancies 2010/IV – 2009/IV

  Year/Quarter Year
       2010/IV        2009/IV        2010        2009
Job vacancies 32 700 21 900 42 000 34 200
Part-time 15 % 19 % 26 % 22 %
Fixed term 37 % 42 % 55 % 53 %
Hard-to-fill vacancies 42 % 32 % 37 % 33 %
The average number of job vacancies for the year is an average of the quarters.

In all, 22,400, or 69 per cent, of the job vacancies in the last quarter of 2010 were in private enterprises. Compared with the quarter one year earlier, the number of job vacancies increased especially in professional, scientific and technical activities (2,500) and manufacturing (2,400). Examined by region, job vacancies increased from the respective quarter of the year before in Western Finland and Uusimaa, in particular.

In the last quarter of 2010, the relative share of part-time job vacancies decreased by four percentage points and that of fixed-term vacancies by five percentage points from the same quarter one year earlier. By contrast, the share of hard-to-fill vacancies of all open job vacancies grew by ten percentage points to 42 per cent. Thus, employers had more recruitment problems in the last quarter of 2010 than one year earlier.

Statistics Finland has been collecting data on job vacancies quarterly since the beginning of 2002. The statistics are based on a sample of establishments of enterprises and general government. The data are collected with telephone interviews and web questionnaires. The statistics are decreed by a regulation of the European Union. The objective is to produce up-to-date and comparable information about the number and structure of job openings on the labour markets of EU Member States.

Source: Job vacancy survey 2010, 4th quarter 2010. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Antti Halmetoja (09) 1734 3763,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 4th quarter 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 6.12.2023].
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