List of occupations with shortage of job seekers continues to grow in Finland


A labour shortage is affecting a growing number of occupations in Finland, according to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

Its latest occupational barometer identified a total of 40 occupations as occupations with a pressing shortage of job seekers, representing an increase of 16 from the previous year. The list of occupations with a surplus of job seekers, on the other hand, has shortened considerably over the past 12 months.

The barometer indicates that construction supervisors are in high demand across the country as the construction sector continues to enjoy a robust upswing, which has driven up wages in the sector. The demand for construction supervisors is particularly high in urban regions such as Uusimaa and Varsinais-Suomi.The sector also has a shortage of civil engineers and other construction workers.Greater Helsinki, meanwhile, has a shortage of a total of 48 professionals with civil engineers, construction supervisors and house builders at the top of the list.

Another sector afflicted with a shortage of job seekers is the social and health care sector with specialist medical practitioners, generalist medical practitioners and social work and counselling professionals as the most in-demand job seekers. The social and health care sector, however, is no longer as dominantly represented in the list of the 15 most sought-after occupations as it used to.

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy highlights in a press release that the list of occupations with the greatest demand for job seekers has diversified with the addition of electrical engineers and mechanical engineering technicians.

The occupation barometer also indicates that the number of occupations with a surplus of job seekers has decreased by almost 33 per cent, from 44 in 2017 to 30 in 2018.

The competition for open secretary positions continues to be fierce in almost all parts of the country, according to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The list of the 15 occupations with the greatest surplus of job seekers has undergone some changes following the addition of teachers’ assistants, woodworking machine setters and operators, and bank tellers and related clerks to the list.

The occupational barometer comprises approximately 200 occupations and is based on assessments conducted at Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices) between February and March, 2018.

The full results of the barometer can be found here.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Markku Ulander – Lehtikuva

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