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Latest publication: Job vacancy survey 2021, 4th quarter

Published: 14 November 2014

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

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 20,500 open job vacancies in the third quarter of 2014, which is 13 per cent down from one year earlier (23,500). The reference period of the data for the third quarter was 1 September.

Job vacancies 2013/III – 2014/III

2013/III 2014/III
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 23 500   20 500  
Part-time 6 300 27 3 900 19
Fixed term 6 800 29 6 600 32
Hard-to-fill vacancies 12 000 51 8 200 40
The sub-groups are not mutually exclusive so their sum does not correspond with the total number of open job vacancies.

In all, 15,400, or 75 per cent, of the job vacancies in the third quarter of 2014 were in private enterprises. In comparison with the quarter one year earlier, when examined by the industry of the establishment, the number of open job vacancies decreased most in the industry group of trade, transportation and storage, and accommodation and food service activities (–1,500). Examined by region, open job vacancies decreased particularly in establishments located in the major region of Western Finland (–2,300).

In the third quarter, 19 per cent of all job vacancies were part-time, which is eight percentage points lower than one year earlier. The share of fixed-term vacancies, 32 per cent, was in turn close to the level one year ago. Employers estimated that 40 per cent of the open job vacancies were hard-to-fill, which is 11 percentage points lower than in the corresponding quarter of the year before.

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 approximately 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 starting from the statistical reference 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.

Latest data published by the EU on job vacancies can be found on Eurostat's home page .

Source: Job vacancy survey 2014, 3rd quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Tables in databases

Appendix tables

Updated 14.11.2014

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 3rd quarter 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.8.2022].
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