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Published: 16 November 2016

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

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 30,800 open job vacancies in the third quarter of 2016, while the figure was 21,200 one year before. The number of open job vacancies grew in most industries. The reference period of the data is 1 September.

Job vacancies 2015/III – 2016/III

2015/III 2016/III
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 21 200   30 800  
Part-time 6 600 31 5 500 18
Fixed term 6 700 32 9 200 30
Hard-to-fill vacancies 9 600 45 12 700 41
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 2016, in all, 25,200 or 82 per cent of the job vacancies were in establishments owned by private enterprises, while one year earlier the corresponding share was 72 per cent. The number of open job vacancies increased compared to the previous year's quarter especially in establishments with under five employees (+4,200). Examined by the industry of the establishment, job vacancies increased most in the industry groups of professional, scientific and technical activities, and administrative and support service activities (+3,000) and in trade, transportation and storage, accommodation and food service activities (+2,600). Examined by area, open job vacancies went up most in the Helsinki-Uusimaa major region (+5,200).

In the third quarter, 18 per cent of all job vacancies were part-time, which is 13 percentage points lower than one year earlier. The share of fixed-term jobs in all open job vacancies was 30 per cent, or almost the same as one year earlier. Employers estimated that 41 per cent of the job vacancies were hard to fill, while one year earlier the corresponding share was 45 per cent. For example, the trade industry had plenty of jobs in sales 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 and 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 (only in Finnish). The figures in the tables are rounded, for which reason the sums do not always amount to the totals. The accuracy of figures and standard errors are explained in the quality description of the statistical release (only in Finnish).

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

Source: Job vacancy survey 2016, 3rd quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 16.11.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 3rd quarter 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.2.2024].
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