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Published: 17 November 2015

As many open job vacancies in the third quarter as one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 21,200 job vacancies in the third quarter of 2015, which is approximately the same as one year earlier (20,500). The share of part-time jobs in open vacancies was 31 per cent, which is 12 percentage points more than one year earlier. The reference period of the data for the third quarter is 1 September.

Job vacancies 2014/III – 2015/III

2014/III 2015/III
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 20 500   21 200  
Part-time 3 900 19 6 600 31
Fixed term 6 600 32 6 700 32
Hard-to-fill vacancies 8 200 40 9 600 45
The sub-groups are not mutually exclusive so their sum does not correspond with the total number of open job vacancies.

In the third quarter of 2015, in all, 15,200 or 72 per cent of the job vacancies were in establishments owned by private enterprises, while one year earlier the corresponding share was 75 per cent. Open job vacancies increased in establishments in the local government sector (+1,000). Compared with the quarter one year earlier, the number of open job vacancies grew in establishments with at least ten employees. Examined by the industry of the establishment, changes were fairly small.

In the third quarter, the share of part-time jobs in open vacancies was 31 per cent, which is 12 percentage points more than one year earlier. There were most open part-time vacancies in establishments belonging to the industry of administrative and support service activities, where cleaning workers were particularly sought. The share of fixed-term positions in all open job vacancies was the same as in the quarter one year ago, that is, 32 per cent. Employers estimated that 45 per cent of the job vacancies were hard to fill, while one year earlier the corresponding share was 40 per cent. For example, establishments in administrative and support service activities had plenty of jobs considered hard to fill.

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 statistics 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, 3rd quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 17.11.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 3rd quarter 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 10.12.2023].
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