Membership in employee organisations

Updated: 1 Oct 2019
Next update: 1 Oct 2020

Indicator information is based on the annual working life barometer of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Professionally organised persons are members of a trade union. Some wage or salary earners are members of unemployment funds only, either private ones or those operating in connection with trade unions.


According to the Working Life Barometer, changes in wage and salary earners’ professional organisation have been quite small over the 2000s. In contrast, economic security against unemployment has in recent years been sought more often from membership only to an unemployment fund. Nearly three quarters of wage and salary earners were in 2017 members of a trade union and in addition, 17 per cent belonged only to an unemployment fund. Only one in ten did not belong to any trade union or an unemployment fund.

Women belong to a trade union more often than men. In turn, men are more frequently members of only to an unemployment fund than women. Four out of five women and one-third of men said last year that they belonged to a trade union. One-fifth of men and 13 per cent of women belonged only to an unemployment fund.