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2. Persons employed in cultural occupations as their main job according to employment statistics

Employment statistics are annual statistics providing data by region on the population’s economic activity and employment. The population for the statistics is the permanently resident population in the country on the last day of the year. The data differ from the Labour Force Survey, where employment is defined so that it covers persons having earned at least one hour's pay or other compensation for work. Employment statistics in turn contain information on employment relationships insured by the employer, on the basis of which employment and unemployment are deduced.

The number of employed persons in the employment statistics thus differs from the figures of the Labour Force Survey due to the view of inspection. The advantage is that the statistics cover the total population and thus detailed information can also be provided. It does not, however, cover all employed in cultural occupations due to it being register-based, as those employed in cultural occupations often find employment as self-employed or working on grants, for example. The drawback of the employment statistics is that they are laborious, which means that the results are not as up-to-date as those of the Labour Force Survey.

In this survey, more detailed data are examined relative to gender, employer sector and level of education and the main emphasis is on the development of employment in individual occupations.

The database table presents the labour force employed in the field of culture by occupation and gender in 2013.

Altogether, nearly 30 per cent of those working in cultural occupations had upper secondary level qualifications, 11 per cent lowest level tertiary qualifications, 22 per cent lower tertiary degrees, and 27 per cent higher tertiary degrees. One per cent have doctorate degrees. For around eight per cent, the level of education is not known. This is, for example, due to the education being completed abroad (Appendix figure 1).

Of employer sectors, nearly 64 per cent of all employed persons work in the private sector. The second highest number, over 14 per cent, work in the local government sector. Twelve per cent of those working in cultural occupations were self-employed (Appendix table 2).

Source: Cultural statistics 2015, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Kaisa Weckström 029 551 2348,

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

Updated 31.8.2016

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Culture [e-publication].
ISSN=2341-7404. Cultural Employment in Finland 2015, 2. Persons employed in cultural occupations as their main job according to employment statistics . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 26.2.2024].
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