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Published: 14 February 2014

Number of open job vacancies 16,600 in the last quarter of 2013

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 16,600 open job vacancies in the last quarter of 2013. The reference period of the data for the last quarter was 1 December. The average number of open job vacancies was 29,500 in the whole year 2013.

Job vacancies 2013/IV and 2013

  Year/Quarter Year
2013/IV 2013/IV 2013 2013
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 16 600   29 500  
Part-time 1 500 9 6 900 23
Fixed term 5 100 31 12 500 43
Hard-to-fill vacancies 7 000 42 12 200 41
The sub-groups are not mutually exclusive so their sum does not correspond with the total number of open job vacancies. Annual figures on job vacancies are averages of quarterly figures.

In all, 10,700, or 65 per cent, of the job vacancies in the last quarter of 2013 were in private enterprises. Most open job vacancies were available in establishments that belong to the industry groups public administration, education, human health and social work activities (5,300), as well as trade, transportation and storage, accommodation and food service activities (2,900). Examined by region, most open job vacancies were available in establishments located in the major region of Helsinki-Uusimaa (5,200).

Of the open job vacancies in the last quarter of 2013, nine per cent were part-time and 31 per cent fixed-term. Based on employers' own estimates, 42 per cent of the job vacancies were hard-to-fill. The hard-to-fill nature of open job vacancies was emphasised in human health and social work activities and in manufacturing industries, where establishments sought employees particularly for nursing and production jobs.

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 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.

The sample design of the Job Vacancy Survey was changed for the statistical year 2013 so that the target samples and strata better correspond with the information needs of data users. The implemented reforms have a considerable effect on the results and they cannot be compared to previously published data. Data based on the new design in the Job Vacancy Survey are published from the first quarter of 2013 onwards. The previously produced time series are no longer updated. Further information can be found in the Methodological description, which is part of the Quality description of the statistical release in Finnish

Source: Job vacancy survey 2013, 4th quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Antti Halmetoja 09 1734 3763,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 4th quarter 2013. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 5.12.2023].
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