What is the job outlook for Finland?
Posted on May 24, 2022
If you are looking for an option to work overseas, you should consider Finland. According to a report published by CEDEFOP, the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training, the highest employment growth in Finland till 2030 will be in the fields of computer programming and information services and the mining sector.
The report forecasts that the highest job openings, including new jobs and replacements, will be for business and administration associate professionals, personal care workers, legal, social, cultural, and related associate professionals.
|Jobs in demand||Forecast|
|Business and administration associate professionals||162700|
|Personal care workers||127400|
|Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals.||124140|
The CEDEFOP forecast covers the period up to 2030. It has taken into account the global economic development till May 2019. The European economy was in a continuous mode of expansion for seven years in a row in 2019, and every European country, including Finland, saw a good increase in the GDP. The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns created a short-term impact on the economy. Still, the long-term factors that will impact the job outlook in European countries, such as an aging population, increasing use of automation/artificial intelligence, globalization, resource scarcity, etc., will be influential.
While Finland continues to implement measures to control the pandemic and move its economy, these long-term factors will likely prevail, impacting the job outlook. Here is a list of the top sectors that will see job growth according to CEDEFOP.
CEDEFOP has predicted job growth in the following sectors:
Policies to welcome foreign workers
To encourage more international workers to choose Finland as work abroad destination, the government of Finland has implemented specific policies and reduced the requirements for foreign workers to enable them to move to Finland.
No language requirements: Foreign employers no longer need to learn Finnish to work here. Finnish is a hard-to-learn language, and this condition has prevented many foreign professionals from coming to the country. But Finland hopes that overseas professionals will be willing to work in the country with the relaxation of this rule.
Reduced visa processing time: The government has reduced the visa processing time for work permits to 2 weeks. The processing time earlier was 52 days.
Policies to help overseas workers and their families settle down: the government provides easy access to housing, daycare, and schooling facilities to ex-pats and their families.
Greater diversity in the workplace: The government encourages businesses to hire foreign workers. This will foster a multicultural environment and facilitate the resettlement of foreign workers here. The influx of foreign employees would promote greater workforce diversity and make it appealing to international talent and investors.