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Published: 18 August 2015

Approximately as many open job vacancies in the second quarter of 2015 as one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 28,800 job vacancies in the second quarter of 2015, which is approximately the same as one year earlier (27,800). The reference period of the data for the second quarter was 1 June.

Job vacancies 2014/II – 2015/II

2014/II 2015/II
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 27 800   28 800  
Part-time 8 500 31 6 100 21
Fixed term 14 900 54 12 200 42
Hard-to-fill vacancies 10 100 36 12 500 43
The sub-groups are not mutually exclusive so their sum does not correspond with the total number of open job vacancies.

In the second quarter of 2015, in all, 21,800 or 76 per cent of the job vacancies were in private enterprises, while one year earlier the share was 66 per cent. The number of job vacancies went up particularly in small establishments with fewer than five employees (+4,700) and went down in large establishments with at least 50 employees (-5,100). Examined by the industry of the establishment, the number of job vacancies rose most from the year before in the industry group of construction. Open job vacancies increased in the major region of Western Finland (+3,200).

In the second quarter, the shares of part-time and fixed-term jobs in all job vacancies diminished. Twenty-one per cent of all job vacancies were part-time, which is ten percentage points lower than in the same quarter one year ago. The share of fixed-term positions in open job vacancies was 42 per cent, which is 12 percentage points lower than in the same quarter one year ago. Employers estimated that 43 per cent of the open job vacancies were hard-to-fill, while one year earlier, such posts made up 36 per cent of open vacancies. The share of hard-to-fill vacancies in all open job vacancies was large in information and communication activities and professional, scientific and technical activities.

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, 2nd quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 18.8.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 2nd quarter 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 10.12.2023].
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