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Published: 15 November 2019

Around the same number of open job vacancies in the third quarter as one year earlier

The number of open job vacancies was 48,500 in the third quarter of 2019, while the figure was 46,900 one year before. Employers still reported having often experienced difficulties in filling open job vacancies. The data appear from Statistics Finland's statistics on open job vacancies and describe the situation on the first day of September.

Job vacancies 2018/III – 2019/III

2018/III 2019/III
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 46 900   48 500  
Part-time 7 300 15 8 900 18
Fixed term 10 000 21 11 100 23
Hard-to-fill vacancies 26 900 57 32 300 67
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 2019, in all, 39,500 or 81 per cent of the job vacancies were in establishments owned by private enterprises, while one year earlier the corresponding share was 78 per cent. Compared with the corresponding period of the year before, open job vacancies increased in establishments with at least 10 employees and decreased in smaller establishments. Examined by the industry of the establishment, job vacancies decreased in the industry group of manufacturing, mining and quarrying and other industry (B to E) and grew or remained unchanged in most other industries. Open job vacancies increased in the major region of Helsinki-Uusimaa from one year earlier.

In the third quarter, the share of fixed-term positions in all open job vacancies was 23 per cent, which is close to the level seen last year. Of all open vacancies, 18 per cent were part-time jobs. Employers estimated that 67 per cent of the open job vacancies were hard-to-fill, while the corresponding share one year earlier was 57 per cent. For example, establishments in construction (F) and wholesale and retail trade (G) had many 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. 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 2019, 3rd quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 15.11.2019

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 3rd quarter 2019. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.9.2023].
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