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Factsheet for case FI-2020-12/1066 – measures in Finland

Work from Finland-service: a matching platform for seasonal work

Töitä Suomesta-palvelu edistämään kausityövoiman palkkausta

Country Finland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 15 March 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
Author Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Case created 07 September 2020 (updated 07 October 2020)

Background information

The matching platform ‘Work from Finland’ (in Finnish ‘Töitä Suomesta- palvelu) is part of a range of measures taken in Finland to decrease labour shortage in rural areas.

Every year on average 16,000 foreign seasonal workers come to Finland to work for enterprises active in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fishery. However, due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, the entry of seasonal workers to Finland has been limited since March 2020.

This raised concerns over the negative impact on enterprises in rural areas as they are often dependent on foreign labour force during the summer months. At the same time, large numbers of the domestic labour force working in other sectors has been either temporarily laid-off or unemployed and struggle finding new employment.

The Work from Finland – service is a way to connect employers located in the rural areas with unemployed or temporarily laid-off employees often living in urban areas.

Content of measure

In 2018, the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) established an online service called Work in Finland (in Finnish 'Töitä Suomesta'). Since 2018, employers and job-seekers have been publishing job announcements on the website. It is possible to look for work as an entrepreneur or as a job-seeker (work with an employee-status).

The online service has been active since then but it was developed further in Spring 2020 when travel restrictions set due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to a rapid increase of labour shortage in the rural areas. MTK together with expert organisation ProAgria and interest organisation Suomen Kylät ry received financing from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to expand and develop the service. The organisations then established TöitäSuomesta Oy, a company that now runs the service

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the service opened a new section where people can assist each other on a voluntary basis. The service now also provides information for employers and job-seekers regarding the complementary services available for them for instance through the public employment services.

The service is free of charge for the users. No monetary support is provided.

Use of measure

By 19 May 2020, 5,500 job-seekers and employers had registered to the service and the website had been visited 80,000 times. There is no information available regarding how many open positions were filled through this service.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
National funds
Trade union

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

This measure is an initiative of the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) and it was designed in cooperation with expert and interest organistions.

MTK was also part of establishing TöitäSuomesta Oy, the company that nowdays runs the online service.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      A - Agriculture, Forestry And Fishing A1 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
      A2 Forestry and logging
      A3 Fishing and aquaculture

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 21 February 2019: TöitäSuomesta.fi-palvelu aukeaa (www.mtk.fi)
  • 19 May 2020: Maataloustöihin hakeutunut ennätysmäärä, mutta osaavasta työvoimasta yhä pulaa – TöitäSuomesta -kampanjassa etsitään tekijöitä, jotka ovat valmiita sitoutumaan työhön (www.mtk.fi)
  • 07 September 2020: Töitä Suomesta (www.xn--titsuomesta-n8a5u.fi)
  • 16 April 2021: Seasonal worker shortage tackled in cooperation with employment services and the Töitä Suomesta online service (mmm.fi)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Work from Finland-service: a matching platform for seasonal work, case FI-2020-12/1066 (measures in Finland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.