In the Job Vacancy Survey establishments are inquired about open job vacancies in the reference period. The survey was initiated by the European Commission, and is based on the Regulation No 453/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council.The inquiry covers 2,500 different establishments in each quarter. The permanent targets of the survey panel are all establishments employing over 100 persons. Establishments with fewer employees are only included in the survey for four sequential years. In the published statistics the data are classified at regional and industrial levels.Each survey target is questioned once a year always during the same quarter. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy's inquiry is conducted with the survey.
The target population of the inquiry comprises all private or public sector establishments employing at least one staff-year. The inquiry is directed to the person responsible for recruitment at the establishments.
The Statistics Act obligates Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential.
In 2002-2005 the inquiry was conducted by telephone interviews. Since 2006 the respondents have also been able to respond to it on the Internet.
Last updated 17.5.2013