General information about the data collection

From whom are data collected?

The target population of the data collection comprises all private and public sector establishments employing paid employees representing at least one staff-year. The survey is directed to those responsible for recruitment at establishments. The data collection includes approximately 2,500 different establishments in every quarter.


Data collected for statistical purposes must be kept confidential by virtue of Section 24, Paragraph 1, Sub-paragraph 16 of the Act on the Openness of Government Activities (621/1999). The collected data are used only for statistical purposes and the establishments participating in the survey are not shown in the published results.

Background information from administrative registers available to Statistics Finland are added to the survey data. Data files formed of the supplied data will be archived until further notice.

According to Section 13 of the Statistics Act (280/2004), Statistics Finland may release data for scientific studies 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 sections on recruitment at establishments are released for research use to the Finnish Social Science Data Archive of the University of Tampere. Before this, all information enabling identification of an individual establishment is removed.

The data are protected against improper use in accordance with the data protection regulations issued by Statistics Finland. The Statistics Act prohibits the use of data collected for statistical purposes in an investigation, surveillance, legal proceedings, administrative decision-making or other similar handling of a matter concerning the enterprise. Unit-level data on establishments may only be handled at Statistics Finland by persons whose tasks require the use of such data. The email address of the person responsible for data protection at Statistics Finland is

Data protection description (in Finnish)

Why is participation important?

Data on the number of open job vacancies on the establishment level, recruitment difficulties and characteristics related to the filling of the latest position can be obtained only by means of this quarterly survey. Based on the data obtained on the recruitment at establishments, it is possible to form a comprehensive picture of the present situation on the labour market in the whole country and in all industries.

Business life and the labour administration need up-to-date and long-term comparable data on the development of the labour market. The survey results can be used to improve the targeting of measures aimed at balancing the supply of and demand for labour force and for identifying and solving recruitment problems.

Legislation behind the data collection

The compilation of the statistics on job vacancies is based on Regulation (No 453/2008) of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Obligation to provide data

The data needed for compilation of the statistics on job vacancies are collected by virtue of the data supply obligation based on Sections 14 and 15 of the Statistics Act (280/2004). Notwithstanding the provisions on data secrecy, entrepreneurs, local and central government-owned enterprises, non-profit corporations and foundations, state authorities and municipalities and joint municipal authorities are obliged to provide Statistics Finland with data necessary for the compilation of statistics. By virtue of Section 21 of the Statistics Act, Statistics Finland is entitled to receive these data free of charge. The consultations required by law have been conducted with employer organisations about the data collection.

By virtue of Section 8 of the Statistics Act, data providers have the right to seek exemption from the obligation to provide data wholly or partially if the provision of data causes the respondent unreasonable inconvenience and the exemption will not essentially hamper the production of statistics or weaken the reliability and usability of statistics. Unreasonable inconvenience refers to putting the respondent in an unequal position with regard to other data providers.

Further information about the obligation to provide data and exemption from it as well as a form to apply for exemption: Additional services for enterprises. The application must contain the identifier of the survey invitation (TK/313/10.00.01/2022).