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One of the strengths of the Finnish economy is the skills of its workforce; the workforce is amongst the most highly educated in the EU. Finns traditionally rank high on international benchmarks for learning and skills, and the percentage of people aged 20 to 29 years participating in education is the second highest amongst OECD countries.

Looking to the future, employment in Finland is projected to pass its pre-2008 financial crisis levels in 2016/17 and to continue to increase thereafter. Over the period to 2025, most employment growth will be in business and other services, with most job opportunities for professionals.

During this period Finland is set to experience an increase in demand for high- and low-skilled workers, whilst demand for medium-skilled workers will decrease. Meanwhile, the share of Finland’s labour force with high- and low level qualifications is projected to fall, whilst the share of workers with medium level qualifications will increase in the same period.

Finland’s working-age population (15-64) is projected to increase in the period to 2025, with labour market participation remaining around the same level, above the projected EU average. Looking to the longer-term future, Finland is expected to have a lower old-age dependency ratio than the EU28 average.

Future employment growth (in %) in Finland in 2015-2025 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employment rate

The employment rate indicates the percentage of people in employment over the population aged 20-64.

 

In 2015 the employment rate in Finland was 72.85% compared to 70.00% in EU

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015 the size of employment in EU changed by 2.07% compared to -1.49% in Finland .

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Sectors with the largest share in employment in Finland in 2015 

  • Health & social care 16.60%
  • Manufacturing 13.47%
  • Wholesale & retail trade 11.65% 
  • Professional services 8.00%
  • Education 7.33% 

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Occupations with the largest share in employment in Finland in 2015:  

  • Care workers 6.83%
  • Sales workers 6.71%
  • Office associate professionals 6.26% 
  • Researchers & engineers 5.87%
  • Teaching professionals 5.77%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Sectors expected to have the strongest employment change over the period 2015-2025 in Finland:

  • Professional services 32.38%
  • ICT services 16.63%
  • Administrative services 9.08% 
  • Wholesale & retail trade 7.42% 
  • Health & social care 6.01% 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment needs

The additional number of people who will be required to work in an occupation given projected changes in employment and replacement demands. 

Occupations expected to have the largest numbers of job openings in Finland over the period 2015-2025:

  • Office professionals 83,190
  • Legal & social associate professionals 76,738
  • Care workers 76,047
  • Office associate professionals 74,146
  • Farmworkers and gardeners 71,713

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Related indicators

Employment share of occupations (%) in Finland (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education profile (%) of the working age population in Finland (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Age profile (%) of the working age population in Finland (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Future employment growth (% change) across occupations in Finland compared to EU in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

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