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Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Employment Service

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (Työ- ja Elinkeinoministeriö) employment service is abbreviated to TE Employment Service throughout Expat Finland.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment: TE-Services

The TE Employment Service operates through TE Offices of which there are over 120 throughout Finland. Services are offered to the unemployed, those who are currently working or entering working life, as well as employers. The TE web site is available in English, Finnish and Swedish.

As of 2014 you can also access the main services pages via www.workinfinland.fi

Employment Services for Jobseekers
The employment offices offer individual jobseeker services as well as Internet-based services that jobseekers can use on their own, including

National telephone service Jobline - Työlinja
Free information about TE Offices and services, and guidance for persons seeking work in Finland
Mon-Thur 09:00-17:00, Fri 09:00-16:15
Tel: 0295 020 713

Employer & Entrepreneur Services
Services are also offered to employers including

Telephone Service for Employers
You can request a free telephone call from Enterprise Finland for information about employer services in Finland.

Contact Information for TE Offices
Contacts for all offices can be found at
www.te-services.fi > Local TE Services In Finnish only; use with Google Translate

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Employment Search - Job Vacancies

Over 10,000 jobs are listed at the TE search engine in December 2015. The main site is only available in Finnish and Swedish, but works quite well with Google Translate.

A separate option is vacancies listed in English. As of December 2015 there are almost 600 positions listed.
English Listings: www.workinfinland.fi > Vacancies: Place in English
Main site (Finnish / Swedish): www.mol.fi/tyopaikat/ To search the Finnish ads use Google Translate:

If You Become Unemployed

See also: Social Security and Kela > In English > Unemployment

If you become unemployed you should immediately start an official job search. TE states "The fastest and easiest way of starting your job search is to do it online" but the service is not available in English so you may find it the opposite of easy! It is however essential: the condition for receiving unemployment benefit is valid registration as a jobseeker. The waiting period, during which unemployment benefit is not paid, only begins after your have registered your job search.
Entrepreneurs: A self-employed person must completely terminate their business operations to receive earnings-related allowances or other unemployment benefits!

The pages necessary to complete registration as a jobseeker will not even open in Google Translate, so you'll be doing a fair bit of cut'n'pasting to muddle through using a combination of the original pages and Google Translate in a separate window for blocks of text. You'll also need your online banking identification code or a personal identity card with a chip to access the system.
TE Information: www.te-services.fi/te/en/jobseekers/if_unemployed/what_to_do/index.html

As a job-seeker registered with an employment office, you

TE Office advisors can discuss your skills and employment possibilities. You can tell the advisor what kind of work or training you are interested in, and go through the job-search process. Advisors can draft a job-search plan for you. Apart from job vacancies, your advisor will be able to tell you about other options available to you; these may include work experience placements, work try-outs, subsidised employment, work on combined subsidies, or even apprenticeship contracts.

When visiting an employment office remember to take:

Unemployment Allowance Waiting Period:
Unemployment allowance becomes payable after the unemployed claimant has been registered with an employment office as unemployed for a total of seven not necessarily consecutive workdays. The waiting period begins with the registration day, or, if a worker registers before becoming unemployed, with the first day of unemployment, but in any case not before the unemployed person has reached age 17. Persons working shorter hours or in part-time employment must complete a waiting period equivalent to seven full days of unemployment. The total number of days in each calendar week which a person can be either employed, on waiting period, unemployed or receiving a daily allowance or compensation is five. Completion of the waiting period is only required once for each maximum period of eligibility (500 days).
Entrepreneurs: A self-employed person must completely terminate their business operations to receive earnings-related allowances or other unemployment benefits!

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