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Published: 10 February 2010

Fewer job vacancies in the fourth quarter than one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 21,900 job vacancies in the fourth quarter of 2009, which was 21 per cent fewer than one year earlier (27,800). The reference date of the measurement for the fourth quarter was 1 December. In the year 2009 there were on average 35 per cent fewer job vacancies than in 2008.

In the fourth quarter, 12,700, or 58 per cent, of the job vacancies were in private enterprises. Job vacancies diminished in Western Finland and Northern Finland. The number of job vacancies decreased particularly in financial intermediation and insurance and in real estate activities (75 per cent) and in recreational, cultural and sporting activities and in other service activities (71 per cent).

Job vacancies 2009/IV – 2008/IV

  Year/Quarter Year
       2009/IV        2008/IV        2009        2008
Job vacancies 21 900 27 800 34 200 52 600
Part-time 19 % 16 % 22 % 16 %
Fixed term 42 % 37 % 53 % 39 %
Hard-to-fill vacancies 32 % 46 % 33 % 46 %
The average number of job vacancies for the year is an average of the quarters.

The relative share of part-time vacancies increased by 3 percentage points and that of open fixed-term vacancies by 5 percentage points year on. Employers had fewer recruitment problems than one year previously. The share of hard-to-fill vacancies of all job vacancies fell by 14 percentage points to 32 per cent.

Statistics Finland has been collecting data on open 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, 4th quarter 2009. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Juha Martikainen (09) 1734 3225

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 10.02.2010

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 4th quarter 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 11.12.2023].
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