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 only from membership to an unemployment fund. Altogether 71 per cent of wage and salary earners were members of a trade union in 2018, and 19 per cent belonged only to an unemployment fund. Only one in ten does not belong to any trade union or unemployment fund.

Women belong to a trade union more often than men. In turn, men are more frequently members of only an unemployment fund than women. Altogether 76 per cent of women and two-thirds of men said last year that they belonged to a trade union. Twenty-two per cent of men and 15 per cent of women belonged only to an unemployment fund.