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Published: 17 August 2016

Slightly more open job vacancies in the second quarter than one year earlier

According to the Job Vacancy Survey of Statistics Finland, there were 30,600 open job vacancies in the second quarter of 2016, while the figure was 28,800 one year before. Twenty-seven per cent of all open job vacancies were part-time positions, while one year earlier the corresponding share was 21 per cent. The reference period of the data is 1 June.

Job vacancies 2015/II – 2016/II

2015/II 2016/II
Number Share, % Number Share, %
Job vacancies 28 800   30 600  
Part-time 6 100 21 8 400 27
Fixed term 12 200 42 13 300 43
Hard-to-fill vacancies 12 500 43 15 300 50
The sub-groups are not mutually exclusive so their sum does not correspond with the total number of open job vacancies.

In the second quarter of 2016, in all, 23,400 or 77 per cent of the job vacancies were in establishments owned by private enterprises. One year earlier the corresponding share was almost the same. The number of open job vacancies increased compared to the previous year's corresponding quarter in large establishments with over 50 employees (+2,300). Examined by the industry of the establishment, job vacancies increased most in the industry group of trade, transportation and storage, accommodation and food service activities (G to I).

In the second quarter, 27 per cent of all job vacancies were part-time, which is six percentage points more than one year earlier. Part-time jobs were available most in trade establishments. The share of fixed-term jobs in all open job vacancies was 43 per cent, or almost the same as one year earlier. Employers estimated that 50 per cent of the job vacancies in the second quarter were hard to fill, while one year earlier the corresponding share was 43 per cent. For example, establishments in construction had plenty of 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 and 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 (only in Finnish). The figures in the tables are rounded, for which reason the sums do not always amount to the totals. The accuracy of estimates 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 2016, 2nd quarter. Statistics Finland.

Inquiries: Minna Wallenius 029 551 2749,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 17.8.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Job vacancy survey [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2278. 2nd quarter 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 2.12.2023].
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