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Tuesday's papers: Segregated job market, help for convicts and upcoming spring

Today's papers feature stories on Finland's gender-segregated job market, employment of prison inmates and the rising temperatures forecast for this week.

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While Finland is in general considered a country with a good record on gender equality, men and women still tend to choose occupations where most of their colleagues in the profession are of the same sex, Helsingin Sanomat reports.

Compared with many other countries, professions in Finland are either predominantly male or female. For example, about 90 percent of all kindergarten teachers, hairdressers and nurses in Finland are women.

In contrast, four-fifths of the country's specialists in information and communications technology are men, despite efforts to recruit more women in the field. Similarly, most construction workers and car mechanics are males.

With women outpacing men in education, women now make up more than 60 percent of all doctors and administrative professionals, and soon more professions will be included in that list, HS writes. These include journalists, university teachers and attorneys.

On the other hand, more males are working as cleaners, practical nurses, waiters and cooks, according to HS--and that's at least partly due to migration, with immigrants entering those fields.

Jobs for convicts

In other work-related news, Turun Sanomat reports of a job centre trial that tries to find work for convicts while they are still serving their sentence. The aim is to reduce recidivism among newly-released prisoners.

The project started in 2016 and offers a variety of services to about 400 prison inmates in Finland.

Assistant director Katja Reiman from Turku prison says she is very pleased with the opportunities that the pilot programme offers.

“This kind of support where job centre employees meet inmates to help them adjust to life outside has not been available before,” Reiman says.

A former inmate interviewed by the Turku-based daily says that thanks to the scheme he has been able to stay out of jail for a year now. The man now has a place to live and has received a job offer.

“My support worker from the job centre has accompanied me to the bank and other authorities who do not tend to put much faith in people like me,” he says. “I doubt I’ll be going back to prison again. I’ve spent more years there than in freedom. I don’t miss it."

Spring is on its way

In other news, tabloid Iltalehti reports that spring is finally on its way. According to meteorologist Kristian Roine from Foreca, the high pressure area that has brought cold air to Finland for quite a while now is about to move on.

“A low pressure area will arrive and bring precipitation and milder air from the Mediterranean. It will gradually get warmer during the week,” Roine says.

It is difficult to give a daily forecast of where rain is going to fall, Roine says, but temperatures are set to rise in any case. “In southern Finland, it will be about 10 degrees on Thursday so spring is about to begin – at last,” he adds.

While the difference between day and night temperatures has been quite significant, even 30 degrees, Roine is not confident that Finns will be enjoying drinks on restaurant terraces soon.

“The April record is 25.5 degrees, but this year it’s not looking like we are going to exceed 10 degrees, at least not at the start of the month,” Roine says.

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