Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Employment Service
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment employment service is abbreviated to TE Employment Service throughout Expat Finland.
- Services for Jobseekers and Employers
- Employment Search - Job Vacancies
- If You Become Unemployed
- Related Links
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 website is available in English, Finnish and Swedish.
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-palvelut.fi > Jobseekers
TE telephone services
Free information about TE Offices and services, and guidance for persons seeking work in Finland
English Tel: 0295 020 713
Russian Tel: 0295 020 715
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-palvelut.fi > Employers & Entrepreneurs
Telephone Service for Employers
Tel: 0295 020 502
You can also submit a contact request from Suomi.fi for information about employer services in Finland.
Contact Information for TE Offices
Contacts for all offices can be found at
toimistot.te-palvelut.fi Finnish only
Over 20,000 jobs are listed - the main site is only available in Finnish and Swedish:
TE search engine: paikat.te-palvelut.fi/tpt/
Finnish to English translations work well in Chrome browser (How?).
Translate in Chrome
Desktop: Right-click anywhere on a page and click Translate to [Language].
iPhone / iPad: At bottom of screen, tap Translate.
Android: At bottom of screen select Language, tap Translate.
Alternatively use Google Translate.
Note: Ads published in Finnish-only almost certainly require the successful applicant to speak Finnish.
Search in English and other languages:
The European Job Mobility Portal EURES lists jobs Europe-wide, including over 20,000 jobs in Finland:
EURES Job Search
If you become unemployed you should immediately register as an unemployed jobseeker and start an official job search.
Briefly, 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, fit for work, 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 may have to terminate business operations to receive earnings-related allowances or other unemployment benefits. However if you are unemployed and already receiving benefits, you can undertake self-employment and continue receiving unemployment benefits which will be adjusted in line with any income you receive from self-employment.
Registration and Job Search
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 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 administered by Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. For details of waiting periods, application procedures and more, see the following Kela pages:
Basic unemployment allowance
How to apply
Amount and payment
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