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Monday's papers: Who's hiring, entrepreneurial kids and homing in on location

Wage reports suggest that higher education doesn't necessarily guarantee reaching 3,000-euro pay in Finland.

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Finland has struggled to recruit daycare staff. Image: Jorge Gonzalez / Yle
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Which fields have the biggest shortages in Finland? A TE employment office barometer indicates that practical nurses, early childhood teachers and cleaners are most likely to find a job right away in Finland, according to the tabloid Iltalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

Statistics Finland figures from last year suggest that the median monthly gross salary for public sector nurses is 2,879 euros. Nurses in Finland have, however, gone on strike several times this year over pay and conditions.

Schools and daycare centres have also closed in Finland this year as teachers went on a week-long strike in May. Early childhood educators' median salaries was 2,829 euros per month, according to official figures.

Entrepreneurial-minded kids?

Monday marks Finland's 25th annual Entrepreneur's Day. Business daily Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun) said that organiser Economy and Youth (TAT) was focusing on children and youth this year, with the goal of reaching 20,000 adolescents.

Events in dozens of municipalities are targeting kids in grades 5 through 7.

A triennial survey conducted by SME lobby Suomen Yrittäjät (the Federation of Finnish Enterprises) this past summer found that some 44 percent of part-time sole traders in Finland reported earning monthly pay packets under 2,000 euros.

Location precision

Finland is taking a giant leap forward when it comes to providing location data that's accurate to the millimetre.

The National Land Survey of Finland is upgrading its equipment at the Metsähovi Geodetic Research Station in Kirkkonummi, reports Talouselämä (siirryt toiseen palveluun). The business magazine says this will provide Finland with unprecedented location data accuracy.

Precise location information is necessary for assessing the impacts of climate change. Accurate geolocation is also crucial for a wide range of businesses—from those applying AI—to traditional sectors such as forestry, according to TE.

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