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Published: 9 November 2011

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

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 40,000 open job vacancies in the third quarter of 2011, which is more than one year earlier (36,900). The measurement for the third quarter was taken on 1 September.

Job vacancies 2010/III – 2011/III

       2010/III        2011/III
Job vacancies 36 900 40 000
Part-time 32 % 21 %
Fixed term 52 % 36 %
Hard-to-fill vacancies 48 % 44 %

In all, 27,800, or 70 per cent, of the job vacancies in the third quarter of 2011 were in private enterprises. Compared with the quarter one year earlier, the number of job vacancies went up especially in public administration, education and human health and social work activities (4,000) and in trade, transportation and accommodation and food services (2,000). The number of job vacancies fell in professional, scientific and technical activities (-1,700). Examined by region, open job vacancies increased particularly in Uusimaa (3,300) and decreased elsewhere in Southern Finland (-2,100).

In the third quarter of 2011, the proportion of part-time vacancies among all vacancies fell by 11 percentage points and that of fixed-term vacancies by 16 percentage points from the respective quarter of the year before. Forty-four per cent of open job vacancies were hard to fill. The proportion of hard-to-fill vacancies went down slightly from the year before.

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 2011, 3rd 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. 3rd quarter 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.10.2023].
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