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Published: 20 May 2009

Fewer job vacancies in the first quarter
than one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 46 100 job vacancies in the first quarter of 2009, which was 43 per cent fewer than one year earlier (80 400). The reference date of the measurement for the first quarter was 1 March.

In the first quarter, 28 800, or 62 per cent, of the job vacancies were in private enterprises. Job vacancies diminished clearly throughout the country. With the exception of agriculture and forestry, job vacancies decreased in all industries. The decreases were largest in construction (83%) and manufacturing (65%).

Job vacancies 2009/I – 2008/I

       2009/I        2008/I
Job vacancies 46 100 80 400
Part-time vacancies 21 % 18 %
Fixed-term vacancies 58 % 38 %
Hard-to-fill vacancies 32 % 44 %

The relative share of part-time vacancies increased by 3 percentage points and that of fixed-term vacancies by 20 percentage points. Employers had fewer recruitment problems than one year previously. The share of hard-to-fill vacancies of all job vacancies fell by eight percentage points to 32 per cent. Most of the hard-to-fill vacancies were in human health and social work activities.

Data by industry are now published for the first time from the Job Vacancy Survey by the revised national standard industrial classification TOL 2008. The revised classification is based on the NACE Rev 2 classification of the European Union and differs in many respects from its predecessor TOL 2002. The differences are explained more closely on Statistics Finland’s website at: .

Statistics Finland has been collecting data on job vacancies quarterly since the beginning of 2002. The statistics are based on a sample of establishments of enterprises and general government. The data are collected with telephone interviews and web questionnaires. The statistics are decreed by a regulation of the European Union. 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.

Source: Job vacancy survey 2009, 1st quarter 2009. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Juha Martikainen (09) 1734 3225

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 20.5.2009

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 1st quarter 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 8.12.2023].
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