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Published: 16 May 2014

Correction on 26 June 2014. Number of open job vacancies in the first quarter unchanged from one year earlier

Correction. The release was corrected on 26 June 2014. The corrections are indicated in red. Further information about the corrections: .

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 46,000 job vacancies in the first quarter of 2014, which is approximately the same as one year earlier (45,300). The reference period of the data for the first quarter was 1 March.

Job vacancies 2013/I – 2014/I

2013/I 2014/I
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 45 300   46 000  
Part-time 13 400 30 10 200 22
Fixed term 26 600 59 25 000 54
Hard-to-fill vacancies 14 300 31 11 400 25
The sub-groups are not mutually exclusive so their sum does not correspond with the total number of open job vacancies.

In all, 32,300 , or 70 per cent, of the job vacancies in the first quarter of 2014 were in private enterprises. Compared with the quarter one year earlier, the number of job vacancies decreased especially in establishments belonging to the industry groups of public administration, education, human health and social work activities ( –3,000 ), and trade, transportation and storage, accommodation and food service activities ( –2,500 ). The number of job vacancies increased in establishments in the industry group of professional, scientific and technical activities, administrative and support service activities ( 3,400 ).

In the first quarter, employers estimated that 25 per cent of the open job vacancies were hard-to-fill, while one year earlier, such posts made up 31 per cent of open vacancies. The share of part-time positions in open vacancies went down by eight percentage points and that of fixed-term positions by five percentage points from one year back. Fixed-term jobs open for application were, for example, production workers in manufacturing establishments, salespersons in trade establishments and garden workers for summer jobs in other services.

Statistics Finland has been collecting data on open job vacancies quarterly since 2002. The inquiry is directed to persons responsible for recruitment in private or public sector establishments. The data provider can respond either using the web questionnaire or through a telephone interview. The data collection includes 2,500 different establishments in every quarter. The statistics are based on Regulation (EC) No 453/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council. 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.

The sample design of the Job Vacancy Survey was changed for the statistical year 2013 so that the target samples and strata better correspond with the information needs of data users. The revisions made have a significant effect on the results, for which reason the data cannot be compared with the data released prior to the first quarter of 2013. Further information can be found in the Quality description of the statistical release in Finnish

More information about open job vacancies is available in the appendix tables of this release and in the database tables of the Job Vacancy Survey (in Finnish). The figures in the tables are rounded, for which reason the sums do not always amount to the totals.

Source: Job vacancy survey 2014, 1st quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 26.6.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 1st quarter 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 19.4.2024].
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