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Finland has 37 shortage occupations

Published : 26 Mar 2021, 23:21

  DF Report

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In February-March 2021, the Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices) defined 37 occupations as shortage occupations nationwide, said the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment in a press release on Friday.

A year ago, before the effects of the coronavirus epidemic started to show, there were 60 such occupations, according to the findings of the Occupational Barometer published by the ministry based on an assessment carried out by the TE Offices in February-March.

In the autumn of 2020, 31 of the estimated 200 occupations suffered from labour shortage. In other words, the number of shortage occupations has risen slightly from the assessment in the autumn.

According to an assessment, 37 of the 200 occupations were surplus occupations. The number of surplus occupations has increased from the 25 recorded a year before.

The coronavirus epidemic has not had a significant effect on the surplus of labour. Changes in the surplus of labour are small and trend-like.

There is a significant shortage of skilled labour in the health and social services sector. The shortage is most acute among nurses, senior social work specialists, speech therapists, practical nurses, and early childhood educators.

The healthcare and social welfare sector accounts for two-thirds of the occupations on the top 15 list of shortage occupations. However, new occupations from outside the healthcare sector have emerged, including earth-moving machine operators and roofing installers. Oral hygienists remain on the list too.

Changes to the list of top 15 surplus occupations have been even less drastic than in shortage occupations. Secretarial occupations in general continue to show labour surplus. ICT technicians are a new group on the top 15 list of surplus occupations.