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Published: 19 May 2015

Nearly as many open job vacancies in the first quarter of 2015 as one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 43,900 open job vacancies in the first quarter of 2015, while the figure was 46,000 one year before. The reference period of the data for the first quarter was 1 March.

Job vacancies 2014/I – 2015/I

2014/I 2015/I
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 46 000   43 900  
Part-time 10 200 22 8 500 19
Fixed term 25 000 54 24 100 55
Hard-to-fill vacancies 11 400 25 10 900 25
The sub-groups are not mutually exclusive so their sum does not correspond with the total number of open job vacancies.

In the first quarter of 2015, in all, 33,100 or 75 per cent of the job vacancies were in private enterprises, while one year earlier the share was 70 per cent. Open job vacancies increased in the major region of Helsinki-Uusimaa (+5,200) and decreased particularly in the major region of Western Finland (-4,500). Examined by the industry of the establishment, the number of job vacancies rose particularly from one year ago in establishments belonging to the industry group of trade, transportation and storage, and accommodation and food service activities (+2,200) and decreased most in the industry group of professional, scientific and technical activities, and administrative and support service activities (-3,300).

Employers estimated that 25 per cent of the open job vacancies in the first quarter were hard-to-fill, as was the case in the corresponding period of the year before. Nineteen per cent of all job vacancies were part-time, which is three percentage points lower than in the same quarter one year ago. The share of fixed-term positions in open job vacancies was 55 per cent, which is also close to the level one year earlier. For instance, the establishments of manufacturing and trade had plenty of fixed-term vacancies for which primarily summer workers were sought.

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.

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. The accuracy of estimates and standard errors are explained in the quality description of the statistical release in Finnish.

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

Source: Job vacancy survey 2015, 1st quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 19.5.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 1st quarter 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 10.12.2023].
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