Factsheet for case FI-2020-12/1066 – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 15 March 2020|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
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)|
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.
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.
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.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Applies to all citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
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:
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.
No information available.
|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.
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.