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3. Number of hired workers decreased

Data on hired workers have been collected in the Labour Force Survey since 2008. In 2009, the number of persons doing hired work was 23,000. This is 8,000 fewer than in 2008. Thus, the economic recession has also reduced the use of hired workers. Approximately one-half of the persons doing hired work are women.

The share of hired workers among all employees was only one per cent or so in 2009. Thus, doing hired work is quite a marginal form of working on the Finnish labour market. Hired work is mainly done by young people, just under 4 per cent of 15 to 24-year-olds were employed as hired workers.

Hired work is divided between several industries. It is commonest in wholesale and retail trade, hotel and restaurant activities, and in manufacturing. Each of these industries employed a couple of thousands of hired workers. Between 2008 and 2009, the number of hired workers decreased most in the industry of manufacturing.

Source: Labour force survey 2009. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Riitta Harala

Updated 1.6.2010

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Labour force survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7857. 15 2009, 3. Number of hired workers decreased . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.4.2024].
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