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.
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- Services for Jobseekers and Employers
- Employment Search - Job Vacancies
- If You Become Unemployed
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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
- Job-seeking: Vacancies, Register as a jobseeker
- Guides for immigrants
- Labour market training
- Vocational guidance and career planning
- www.te-services.fi > Jobseekers and
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
- Advertise a job vacancy
- Recruitment, training, consultation and development services
- Information on grants
- www.te-services.fi > Employers & Entrepreneurs and
Telephone Service for Employers
You can request a free telephone call from Enterprise Finland for information about employer services in Finland.
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:
- Go to www.translate.google.com, paste www.mol.fi/tyopaikat/ in the left-hand box and click the Translate button
- The page will appear in English
- Enter search terms such as Municipality, Province, Announced (i.e. when added), Duration of work, Type of work, Word Search (i.e. keyword)
- Click Search. Now you receive a long page of results in Finnish! Unfortunately you cannot translate this entire page at Google Translate, but:
- Select & copy the block of text with the results of your search
- Open another Google Translate page at www.translate.google.com
- Paste the block of text you just copied in the left-hand box and click the Translate button
- A decent translation of the list will appear on the right, and hopefully you can find a job worth looking into. If so;
- Match that job up with the Finnish listing back at the original TE search results, and click it
- Copy THOSE Finnish results over to Google Translate for a translation of the details you need!
- Note: The fact that these jobs are published in Finnish-only probably indicates that the successful applicant will be required to speak Finnish.
If you become unemployed you should immediately start an official job search:
The conditions for receiving Basic Unemployment Allowance are that you have been employed for at least 6 months during the two years preceding unemployment, are 17-64 years of age, seeking a full-time job, and registered 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!
Online banking codes or a personal identity card with a chip are required to access the system.
- Your job-search will be valid for 14 days from the date you register
- You should also register if you have just completed a period of labour market training or employment subsidy
- If you know you will become unemployed, you can register before your period of unemployment begins
- If you are unable to complete the process online you should immediately visit a TE office in person, and take the following form:
Suomi.fi > In English > E-Services: Search Form for jobseekers registering with the Employment and Economic Development Office
As a job-seeker registered with an employment office, you
- will be taken into consideration when candidates are searched for job vacancies
- can utilise the employment services
- can start applying for unemployment security
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:
- Employment references (all references from your work career, and if you are still employed, a temporary reference or your employment contract)
- Proof of being laid off, if applicable
- All educational qualifications (certificates etc. - see
Qualifications in Finland)
- if you are still studying, please bring a certificate specifying the starting date and scope of your studies
- Proof of having completed the Finnish national military service or non-military service, if applicable
- Your passport or a certificate of your passport being held by the authorities as well as your work and residence permits (applies to immigrants only)
- Any results of applications for student admission under the joint application system (applies to under-25s only)
Unemployment Allowance & Waiting Period:
Unemployment Allowance is payable after you have been registered as an unemployed job seeker for at least 7 working days; these need not be consecutive. All days of unemployment within any period of 8 consecutive calendar weeks count. The waiting period is only applied once. If you change directly from basic unemployment allowance to labour market subsidy, no waiting period is applied.
The allowance is paid for a maximum of 400 days. If your employment history is shorter than three years the unemployment allowance is payable for a maximum of 300 days.
- See Expat Finland's Private Employment Agencies & Recruitment Services page
- See Expat Finland's EURES Employment Service page
- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment publication Working In Finland PDF
*PDF available in 6 languages at www.te-services.fi > Information on TE Services > Materials
- Employment & Economic Development Office publication Joining the Workforce PDF