Job Vacancy Survey

Description of the data collection

The statistics on job vacancies are a sample survey, where data on open job vacancies are inquired specifically for each establishment. Data for the survey on the labour force services of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy are collected in the same connection.

The compilation of statistics is based on Regulation No 453/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and on Commission Regulations No 1062/2008 and No 19/2009.

Each establishment is interviewed at most in two successive years always during the same quarter. The survey is answered with either a web questionnaire or a telephone interview.

From whom are data collected?

The target population of the inquiry comprises all private and public sector establishments employing paid employees representing at least one staff-year. The inquiry is directed to those responsible for recruitment at establishments.

The data collection includes approximately 2,500 different establishments in every quarter.

The data for the statistics on job vacancies are collected by virtue of the data supply obligation provided for in Sections 14 and 15 of the Statistics Act (280/2004). Additional information on the data supply obligation is available in the section "General information about the data collection" on the data collection pages.

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential and use them only for statistical purposes. Responses given by individual establishments cannot be distinguished from the published results.

Statistics Finland can use and release data only for scientific research and statistical surveys. The data are released in such form that direct identification of the establishments participating in the survey is impossible. The data concerning the recruitment at establishments section are released to researchers for research use to the Finnish Social Science Data Archive at the University of Tampere. Before being released to the archive all information enabling identification of an individual respondent is removed.

What are the data used for?

The data obtained in the data collection are used for compiling statistics on job vacancies and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy’s attached part for is used for viewing short-term changes in the labour market, for their forecasting and for monitoring the market share of the public employment service sector.

The results describe the demand for labour and changes in it examined from the viewpoint of employers. The key data users are Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, other political decision-makers, and the media.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

How often are data collected?