08 Mai 2008
In 2007, the Association of Kindergarten Teachers in Finland (Lastentarhanopettajaliitto, LTOL ) conducted two surveys directed at the directors of day-care centres. The first survey was conducted in the spring of 2007 and included questions on the management and organisation of work in day-care facilities. The survey sample covered some 1,200 directors of day-care centres and the response rate was 58%. The second survey was carried out in September 2007 and concerned the availability of qualified kindergarten teachers. In this survey, the sample covered 1,000 directors of public sector day-care facilities and the response rate was 40%.  http://www.lastentarha.fi/portal/page?_pageid=535,479507&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
07 Januar 2008
The Fourth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) was conducted in the autumn of 2005 in 31 countries. An identical questionnaire, translated into the respective languages, was used across all the countries. Extensive quality control processes were undertaken not only in the preparatory phase but also during the data collection and processing stages. As one of these quality control measures, the Foundation decided to implement, for the first time, a qualitative post-test analysison the EWCS, thus combining qualitative methods with quantitative survey research. This post-test analysis was carried out in five countries representing different European realities: Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal and the UK. In each of these countries, 20 survey respondents were interviewed.
28 Oktober 2007
Feelings of neglecting home matters because of work commitments are quite common among Finnish working parents, especially those with small children. According to the Finnish Quality of Work Life Survey (FQWLS) in 2003, in general, about one fifth of employees – 19% of women and 20% of men – without children under 18 years of age feel this way. However, the respective proportion is higher for mothers at 33% than for fathers at 28%. The younger children are, the more common the feelings of guilt among parents for taking on work commitments: almost half, at 47%, of working mothers with children aged under three years and about a third of working fathers, at 36%, cannot help feeling that they are neglecting home matters because of their work. In any case, the situation eases as children get older. Among parents with the youngest child aged 12 years or over, the respective shares of those with such feelings of guilt drop to 24% for women and 23% for men.
12 August 2007
In 2004, the Ministry of Labour (Työministeriö ) launched a research project aiming to examine the kinds of transitions from salaried work to entrepreneurship that are taking place in Finland in the 21st century. As part of the project, a special study focused on occupational groups working at the boundaries between entrepreneurship and salaried work, such as freelance journalists, artists, translators and interpreters. The recently published study draws on labour statistics panel data from Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus ), as well as on separate surveys with some 1,000 respondents.  http://www.mol.fi/  http://www.stat.fi/
06 Mai 2007
A recent study by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH ) focuses on a relatively new issue in Finnish working life, namely multicultural workplaces. Although the proportion of immigrants is still very low in the population, at 2.2%, more employees are encountering greater numbers of foreign nationals as colleagues in the workplace.  http://www.ttl.fi/internet/english/
15 April 2007
The Working Life Barometer 2006 (in Finnish, 177Kb PDF) , monitored by the Ministry of Labour  (Työministeriö), is the 15th national barometer measuring rapid changes in working life. Computer-assisted telephone interviews were carried out among employees aged 15 to 64 years in September and October 2006. With a total of 1,284 interviews completed and a response rate of 87.3% recorded, the results can be generalised to cover the entire population of wage and salary earners.  http://www.mol.fi/mol/fi/99_pdf/fi/06_tyoministerio/06_julkaisut/10_muut/tyoolobarometri2006ennakko.pdf  http://www.mol.fi/english/index.html
17 Juli 2006
A recent report by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Elinkeinoelämän Tutkimuslaitos, ETLA ) investigates the returns of education at individual level, as well as at company and national levels. On the basis of research literature, the study reviews the impact of investment in education on productivity, economic growth and income distribution. The returns for an individual are analysed against Labour Force Survey data from 1998 to 2002.  http://www.etla.fi/eng/index.php
02 Juli 2006
In March 2005, the Ministry of Labour appointed an administrator to investigate the frequency of fixed-term employment contracts and their legality. The government aims to reduce the number of fixed-term employment relationships in the public sector by converting them into permanent contracts. In 2001, legislation was tightened with regard to the use of fixed-term contracts.
04 Mai 2006
Considerable differences exist between the working conditions of various sectors in Finland, with employees in the local government sector reporting particularly unfavourable working conditions. According to results from the Working Life Barometer 2005, employees in this sector find their work mentally and physically demanding, and experiences of violence at work are common. Nevertheless, measures to improve the quality of working life and productivity are being implemented in the majority of Finnish workplaces, and at least half of the employees have participated in training paid for by their employer in the past 12 months.
06 März 2005
According to Statistics Finland’s 2003 Quality of Work Life Survey , approximately 25% of Finnish employees face changes relating to their work, without any prior information about them. Two out of five employees (39%) are informed shortly before the change, and one third (34%) are informed at the planning stage. A significant decline in being informed about changes has also been recorded in recent years. In 1997, 41% of employees were informed about changes relating to their work at the planning stage, and 22% were informed at or after the implementation stage. Previous to this, in the 1990s, information flow had slightly improved.  http://tilastokeskus.fi/tk/el/tyoolot_aineisto_en.html