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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.

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 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

TE telephone services
Free information about TE Offices and services, and guidance for persons seeking work in Finland
Mon-Fri 09:00-16:15
English Tel: 0295 020 713
Russian Tel: 0295 020 715

Employer & Entrepreneur Services
Services are also offered to employers including

Telephone Service for Employers
Mon-Fri 09:00-16:15
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

TE Employment Search - Job Vacancies

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

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.

If you do not meet the work requirement you may be eligible for the Labour Market Subsidy
Unemployment Information - Kela: www.kela.fi/web/en/unemployment

Registration and Job Search
Online banking codes or a personal identity card with a chip are required to access the system.
Instructions: www.te-palvelut.fi

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 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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