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Job vacancy survey

Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http://
Main topic: Labour Market
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


The job vacancy survey produces quarterly information about open job vacancies in Finland. The results describe the demand for labour and changes in it examined from the viewpoint of employers. 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.

Data content

Quarterly data on open job vacancies in Finland and on their structural features. Open job vacancies are classified into part-time, fixed-term and difficult to fill. In addition to the whole country, data are also available by major region, industry and establishment size and employer sector.

The basic data are confidential.

Classifications used

The standard classification of major regions (2012) and the Standard Industrial Classification (TOL 2008) are in use.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data collection for the job vacancy survey is based on a sample of establishments of enterprises and public corporations drawn from the Register of Enterprises and Establishments. The sample size is around 10,000 establishments per year, evenly divided on different quarters. The survey is answered with either a web questionnaire or a telephone interview.

Data collections

Updating frequency


Time of completion or release

The quarterly data on job vacancies are made public some 45 days after the end of each quarter. By agreement, a file is supplied quarterly from the data to the EU, from which the EU compiles statistics concerning the EU Member States.

Time series

Data have been collected from the beginning of 2002 and results have been released since 2003. The sample design of the survey was renewed at the beginning of 2013. For this reason, the time series starting from 2013 are not comparable with the previously produced time series.


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Last updated 27.11.2014