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Finland sees Q3 dip in job vacancies

The situation was especially difficult in the Uusimaa region of southern Finland

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The number of job vacancies in Finland fell slightly between July and September, compared to the same period one year ago, according to fresh statistics.

Data from Statistics Finland’s Job Vacancy Survey show that there were 43,000 open positions in the job market during the third quarter of the year, compared to 48,500 at the same time last year.

According to the state data crunchers, the number of jobs shrank most in the populous Helsinki and Uusimaa region in southern Finland, where there were 4,200 fewer job opportunities on offer.

During the period under review, 30 percent of available jobs were fixed-term positions, compared to 23 percent during the corresponding period in 2019. Meanwhile 23 percent of recruitment ads were for part-time positions, up five percent from the same time last year.

Employers estimated that 54 percent of the positions advertised were difficult to fill, down 13 percentage points from 67 percent last year. Jobs in social and health services accounted for the majority of hard-to-fill positions.

Statistics Finland said that the data described the situation on 1 September, and noted that the sub-groups mentioned (fixed-term, part-time and hard-to-fill jobs) are not mutually exclusive and that their combined sum therefore does not correspond with the total number of open vacancies.

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