Published: 14 March 2018

Share of employed students grew

According to Statistics Finland's Education Statistics, employment among students increased by one percentage point in 2016 from the previous year. One-half of students were employed during their studies. Working was most common in connection with university and university of applied sciences studies. The share increased most in vocational education.

Shares of employed students aged at least 18 of all students in 2009–2016

Shares of employed students aged at least 18 of all students in 2009–2016

Working was most common in connection with university and university of applied sciences studies. Fifty-five per cent of university students and 55 per cent of university of applied sciences students had an employment contract while studying. One-half of students attending vocational education were employed during their studies, the share increased slightly from the previous year.

Women worked while studying more frequently than men: 54 per cent of women and 47 per cent of men had an employment contract while studying. The proportion of employed women in upper secondary general education and in university of applied sciences education was around ten percentage points higher than that of men. Thirty-one per cent of women in upper secondary general education were working alongside studies and 60 per cent of women in university of applied sciences education. Fifty-two per cent of women in vocational education worked, which was five percentage points more than for men.

Employment during studies grew clearly the older the students were. While 23 per cent of students aged 18 were working, the share of employed students aged at least 25 was nearly triple. Of 21-year-old students, 39 per cent and of 24-year-old students, 50 per cent had an employment contract. Among students aged 25 or over, 62 per cent were employed during their studies.

Employment of students during studies varied by field of education. Fifty-nine per cent of students in the fields of social sciences, journalism and information, 56 per cent of students in the fields of health and welfare, and 46 per cent of students in the fields of arts and humanities had a valid employment contract at the end of 2016.

Employment during studies was more common than the average for the whole country in the regions of Uusimaa, Ostrobothnia and Varsinais-Suomi and in Åland.

More information on the employment of students can be found from the Tables in databases. More information related to the progress of studies is available from statistics describing Progress of studies and Discontinuation of education .


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Vesa Hämäläinen 029 551 2594, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 14.3.2018

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Employment of students [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0017. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.9.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/opty/2016/opty_2016_2018-03-14_tie_001_en.html