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Published: 14 November 2012

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

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 37,400 open job vacancies in the third quarter of 2012, which is six per cent less than one year earlier (40,000). The measurement for the third quarter was taken on 1 September.

Job vacancies 2011/III – 2012/III

       2011/III        2012/III
Job vacancies 40 000 37 400
Part-time 21 % 16 %
Fixed term 36 % 35 %
Hard-to-fill vacancies 44 % 44 %

In all, 25,500, or 68 per cent, of the job vacancies in the third quarter of 2012 were in private enterprises. Compared with the quarter one year earlier, the number of job vacancies decreased especially in public administration, education and health and social services (-3,200), and in trade, transport and storage, and accommodation and food service activities (-2,800). Examined by area, open job vacancies went down in the major regions of Southern Finland (-1,200), and Northern and Eastern Finland (-1,100).

In the third quarter of 2012, the share of part-time vacancies among all open vacancies decreased by five percentage points and that of fixed-term vacancies by percentage point from the respective quarter of the year before. The share of hard-to-fill vacancies remained at the same level.

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, 3rd quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Antti Halmetoja 09 1734 3763,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 14.11.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 3rd quarter 2012. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.12.2023].
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