Part-time and fixed-term employment 

Updated: 27.4.2017 - Next update: 24.4.2018

Temporary employment is more widespread among women than men

In 2016, the average number of employees in Finland was 2,105,000, which was 15,000 higher than in 2015. In all, 333,000 employees had temporary employment contracts, 197,000 of whom were women and 136,000 men (Figure 10). The number of temporary employees grew by 11,000 from the year before. The number of men working as temporary employees grew by 8,000 persons.

Number of women working part-time grew clearly

Number of part-time employees highest in female-dominated industries. In 2016, altogether 399,000 persons or 16 per cent of all employed persons worked part-time. This was 21,000 more than in 2015. In 2016, the number of part-time working employees was 321,000, which was 15,000 more than in the year before. The Labour Force Survey data on part-time employment is based on the respondents’ own reporting.

Statistics Finland / Labour force survey

Description of indicator

Employees or self-employed persons who report they work part-time in their main job are classified as part-time workers. The definition is not based on any hour limits, but on the respondent's own idea of the work being part-time.

Employees with an employment contract for a fixed term, for a trial period, or for carrying out certain tasks are considered as being in temporary employment.