Health and social services, education and public administration were the sectors with the strongest growth in job vacancies between mid-2018 and mid-2019, the state statistics agency said on Monday.
Statistics Finland reported that there were 12,000 jobs advertised in these sectors in the second quarter of 2019, up from 10,300 in the same period one year ago. There were fewer jobs available in the construction sector, down from 6,400 open positions last year to 4,800 this year.
In total, Statistics Finland reported 50,900 job vacancies in Finland in April, May and June, only slightly more than the 49,500 positions advertised during the same months last year.
In the second quarter of 2019, 37,700 or 74 percent of the job vacancies were in establishments owned by private enterprises, almost the same share as one year earlier. There were likewise 4,500 more job vacancies available in workplaces with fewer than five employees.
Year-on-year, the number of job vacancies was down overall in most of southern Finland, but up in Helsinki as well as northern and eastern parts of the country.
Job vacancies slightly up on last year
Despite the slight increase in overall open positions, the number of fixed-term and part-time jobs were down six percentage points from 2018 figures for the same period. In this year's second quarter, 13 percent of all job vacancies were part-time positions and 33 percent were fixed-term.
Of all the posted job vacancies, employers estimated that 60 percent (30,400) were hard to fill, up from the 2018 percentage of 52 percent (26,000). Sectors with the most jobs labelled hard to fill were the wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, and health and social work.
In the second quarter of last year, employees were being sought for 9,300 part-time jobs, while this year the number dropped to 6,600 in the same three-month time. Temporary positions on offer fell from 19,200 to 16,900.