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Published: 15 February 2012

Number of open job vacancies in the last quarter equal to one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 33,500 open job vacancies in the last quarter of 2011, which is almost equal to one year ago (32,700). The measurement for the last quarter was taken on 1 December. In the whole of 2011, there were nine per cent more open job vacancies, on the average, than in 2010.

Job vacancies 2010/IV – 2011/IV

  Year/Quarter Year
       2010/IV        2011/IV        2010        2011
Job vacancies 32 700 33 500 42 000 45 600
Part-time 15 % 15 % 26 % 20 %
Fixed term 37 % 33 % 55 % 44 %
Hard-to-fill vacancies 42 % 45 % 37 % 40 %
Aannual figures are averages of the quarterly figures.

In all, 23,900, or 71 per cent, of the job vacancies in the last quarter of 2011 were in private enterprises. Examined by industry, changes from the quarter one year ago were fairly small. Compared to the last quarter of 2010, open job vacancies increased in Uusimaa (1,400) and Northern Finland (1,200).

In the last quarter of 2011, the share of part-time vacancies among all vacancies remained unchanged but the share of fixed-term vacancies decreased by four percentage points from the year before. Forty-five per cent of open job vacancies were hard-to-fill, which is slightly more than in the last quarter of 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, 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 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.9.2023].
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