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One-fifth more jobs available than one year ago

There were 58,000 open job vacancies in the country in the first quarter of 2017, around one-fifth more than at the same time last year. Close to four-fifths of them were in the private sector and almost one-third were classed as "hard-to-fill".

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Statistics Finland reports that there were 58,000 open job vacancies as of March 1st, compared to 48,000 on the same date one year before.

Based on recruitment data from employers, the new figures show that 78% of all job vacancies were in private enterprises. Operations defined by Statistics Finland as 'Local activity units' with 10 to 49 employees were the most likely to increase their headcount. These units include public and private sector offices, units and outlets.

Of all open vacancies, 22 percent were part-time and 57 percent fixed-term jobs. Statistics Finland points out that the share of fixed-term jobs is usually high in the first quarter due to the search for summer employees.

Employers estimated that 29 percent of the open job vacancies in the first quarter were hard-to-fill positions. The largest number of these was in the construction industry.

Boom in the southwest

Former Prime Minister Esko Aho told Yle on Wednesday that the southwestern region of Finland could see a massive upswing in employment.

Aho is presently carrying out a study on structural change in the economy of the southwest for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

In an interview on Yle TV Wednesday morning, he said that the region may see the creation of up to 30,000 new jobs over the next 7-8 years.

EDIT-This article originally contained the line "Most were in companies with 10 to 49 employees with the largest numbers in northern and eastern Finland." This has been changed to:

"Business units with 10 to 49 employees were the most likely to increase their headcount."

The Statistics Finland definition of a 'local activity unit' can be found here.

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