Finland: New data reveals that 4% of employees are on zero-hour contracts

Research about people on zero-hour contracts has been collected for the first time by Statistics Finland.

Data from Statistics Finland’s Labour Force Survey show that in 2014 about 83,000 Finnish employees, 4% of all employees, had zero-hour contracts. The highest proportion, 20%, was among workers aged 15–19.

The data sparked calls from the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) for a ban on zero-hour contracts (in Finnish). However, employers’ organisations such as The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) consider these contracts to be a good and flexible way of working for employers and for certain groups of employees (in Finnish), such as students.

A ‘citizens’ initiative’ to ban these kind of contracts (in Finnish) is part of a campaign organised by the youth wing of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK). Citizens’ initiatives are a way for the public to have an issue considered by Parliament if they can persuade at least 50,000 people to sign the proposal. This target was reached in May for the zero-hours contracts campaign, and it will now be submitted to Parliament for approval or amendment.


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