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Published: 16 August 2012

The number of open job vacancies in the second quarter equal to one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 52,200 open job vacancies in the second quarter of 2012, which is almost the equal to one year ago (49,800). The measurement for the second quarter was taken on 1 June.

Job vacancies 2011/II – 2012/II

       2011/II        2012/II
Job vacancies 49 800 52 200
Part-time 19 % 19 %
Fixed term 47 % 55 %
Hard-to-fill vacancies 40 % 36 %

In all, 33,900, or 65 per cent, of the job vacancies in the second quarter of 2012 were in private enterprises. Compared with the quarter one year earlier, the number of job vacancies went up especially in trade (+1,100) and went down in professional, scientific and technical activities (-900). Examined by area, open job vacancies increased in the major regions of Helsinki-Uusimaa (+3,400) and Western Finland (+3,000) and diminished in the major regions of Northern and Eastern Finland (-2,500) and Southern Finland (-1,400).

In the second quarter of 2012, the share of part-time vacancies among all vacancies remained unchanged and the share of fixed-term vacancies increased by eight percentage points from the respective quarter of the year before. The share of hard-to-fill vacancies went down from 40 to 36 per cent.

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 2012, 2nd quarter 2010. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Antti Halmetoja 09 1734 3763,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 16.8.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 2nd quarter 2012. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.3.2024].
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