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Up to 60 Spanish nurses to begin work in Finland

Up to 60 Spanish nurses to begin work in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Public health authorities in south-west Finland are hiring Spanish nurses to help fill a shortfall in healthcare workers.

 

The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the Satakunta region is interviewing nurses in Spain, which has the EU's highest unemployment rate. The first recruits will soon begin taking Finnish-language courses before beginning work here in November.

The pilot programme has piqued the interest of Spanish healthcare workers.

More than 2,000 nurses from all over Spain have applied to take part. The project's coordinator, Samuli Jalkanen, says that the first recruits are being chosen from the northern Basque Country.

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Sunnuntaisuomalainen: 1 in 10 works for free

Sunnuntaisuomalainen: 1 in 10 works for free | Finland | Scoop.it

More than one in ten labour market participants in Finland works for free, according to the Välisuomen media supplement Sunnuntaisuomalainen. An organisation working to improve trainees’ treatment says that employers take advantage of interns and trainees.

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Work will not run out in Finland : Bogartier Finland – Business News and Magazine in English

Work will not run out in Finland : Bogartier Finland – Business News and Magazine in English | Finland | Scoop.it
Estonians find it relatively easy to find work in Finland for a number of reasons.

 

OPINION — Maia Lillepöld has already established a reputation at the Kustaankartano home for the elderly in Helsinki for diligence. The 60-year-old nurse, an immigrant from Estonia, seemingly cannot get enough of it. It actually upsets her that she has to take one day off each week.
“Work won’t kill you. Not working is deadly. Then I get nervous”, Lillepöld says. There is another reason why Lillepöld is bored on her days off: she would rather spend them at home on the Estonian island of Saaremaa. Typically she will work for three or four weeks in Finland, and then go to Estonia for a week. “The trip from door to door takes ten hours. Going there for the weekend is difficult.”

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Foreigners employed with help of labour market subsidies - Helsingin Sanomat

Foreigners employed with help of labour market subsidies - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it

Foreigners were employed as well as Finns or even better once they had completed six-month careers guidance or practical training.

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Thai berry-pickers toiling away in Lapland

Thai berry-pickers toiling away in Lapland | Finland | Scoop.it
Thai workers are picking berries in Lapland under harsh conditions. Their work
day starts at the break of dawn and continues late into the evening—and they
get no free days to break the routine.
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What needs to be done to get women interested in the ICT sector?

What needs to be done to get women interested in the ICT sector? | Finland | Scoop.it
There has been a lot of debate in Finland over recent years about how to get more women into the technology sector and how to get girls interested in technology.
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Growth Companies Accounted For Half Of Employment Effect In Finland Between 2006-2009

Growth Companies Accounted For Half Of Employment Effect In Finland Between 2006-2009 | Finland | Scoop.it
RT @arcticstartup: Growth Companies Accounted For Half Of Employment Effect In Finland Between 2006-2009 http://arctic.st/XW1Zd...
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Nokia completes outsourcing deal with Accenture, including transfer of 2,800 personnel

Nokia completes outsourcing deal with Accenture, including transfer of 2,800 personnel | Finland | Scoop.it
HELSINKI — Nokia Corp. said Wednesday it has completed a deal to outsource Symbian software development to Accenture, including the transfer of 2,800 workers to the global management-consulting firm.
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Finland adapts to Nokia's Windows Phone choice

Finland adapts to Nokia's Windows Phone choice | Finland | Scoop.it
Despite Nokia's recent 7,000 employee layoff, there seems to be a lot of love for the mega corporation throughout Finland.
Undoubtedly one of the country's largest employee, it seems like everyone has worked at the company at one point or another....
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TAMPERE (Finland), May 16th-17th, 2011: University of Tampere international workshop on “Universal Basic Income as a European Alternative” | Basic Income News

This day-long workshop discussed issues such as the “Philosophical Foundations of Justice and Basic Income,” “UBI in the Context of National Social Security and Employment Systems,” “Economics and Labour Market ...
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Statistics Finland - Finnish affiliates abroad 2009

Statistics Finland - Finnish affiliates abroad 2009 | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish enterprises around the world: nearly 5,000 affiliates in 120 countries in 2009

Finnish enterprises had business activity in affiliates located in 120 countries in 2009. Measured by the number of personnel, the activity in affiliates abroad concentrated in Europe and Asia. The personnel abroad totalled over 566,000, of whom good one-third worked in old EU countries, one-fifth in Asia and Oceania and one-fifth in new EU countries. Examined by country, the numbers of personnel were the highest in Sweden, Russia, China and Germany. These data were produced by Statistics Finland, and they are based on an inquiry of enterprises.
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Number of Farms and Agricultural Workers Dropping

Number of Farms and Agricultural Workers Dropping | Finland | Scoop.it
Employment in the agricultural industry has fallen by a third in the past 11 years, according to Tike, the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Last year 125,300 people worked in agriculture.
Agricultural jobs have dropped by a third and the number of farms in Finland has fallen by some 20 percent since the year 2000, in this once mainly agrarian country.
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Good News from Finland - Finns excel once again in job comparison charts

Good News from Finland - Finns excel once again in job comparison charts | Finland | Scoop.it
Ten Finnish companies were listed on this year’s list of the 100 best places to work in Europe. Last year the number was nine and the results have been improving virtually year on year since 2005.

Half of the one hundred places this year were in the small and medium sized companies category while the other half were distributed evenly among international organizations and large companies.
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Fewest annual working hours in the EU

Fewest annual working hours in the EU | Finland | Scoop.it

A statistical analysis published by the French economic research institute Coe-Rexecode shows that the Finns and French work fewer hours a year than do employees in any other part of the EU. Romanians and Hungarians meanwhile work the most.

 

According to figures from Coe-Rexecode, a private French research institute, Finns who are employed full time in steady jobs work only 1,670 hours a year. The French spend nine more hours on the job annually. In Sweden, the figure is 1,719 hours, which is also below the EU average.

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Finnish unions, employers approve 2-yr pact - BusinessWeek

Finnish unions, employers approve 2-yr pact - BusinessWeek | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish trade unions and employers organizations on Monday signed a two-year labor contract that raises wages by some 4.3 percent for more than 2 million people, or 94 percent of the country's working population.

 

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen described the deal as "historic," saying that stability in the labor market was crucial in the current European financial crisis, especially for Finland's highly export-dependent economy.

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ScandAsia.Com - Thai Finnish Heyday of Lichen Picking Looks to Be Over

ScandAsia.Com - Thai Finnish Heyday of Lichen Picking Looks to Be Over | Finland | Scoop.it

Thai workers, maybe the last of the Mohicans picking lichen on the island of Hailuoto off Oulu, are crouching down on the ground.

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Suspicion of cheap labour closes steel works

Suspicion of cheap labour closes steel works | Finland | Scoop.it
Employees at the Rautaruuki plant in Raahe returned to work on Saturday after
a one-day walkout staged in protest against poor working conditions for
Polish colleagues.
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Union: Two out of three under 60-year-olds forced to retire

Union: Two out of three under 60-year-olds forced to retire | Finland | Scoop.it
On average every second employee has willingly chosen to retire, according to
fresh research from the white collar workers’ Trade Union Pro.
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Long-term unemployment rises

Long-term unemployment rises | Finland | Scoop.it
Long-term unemployment has risen. Statistics Finland says that of those unemployed at the end of 2010, more than half had also been unemployed a year earlier. Total unemployment figures fell by 10.5 percent on the previous year’s figures.
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Unemployment falls in May

Unemployment falls in May | Finland | Scoop.it
Unemployment fell in May, compared with a year earlier, according to Statistics Finland. The unemployment rate stood at 9.8 percent, or 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year earlier.
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Nokia staff cuts confirmed - 1400 out in Finland

Nokia staff cuts confirmed - 1400 out in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has confirmed that it plans to cut 1,400 employees in Finland by the end of next year...
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Foreign workers stir debate in construction sector

Foreign workers stir debate in construction sector | Finland | Scoop.it
Employers and employees in the construction sector are in dispute over the number of foreign workers in the industry. They agree only that measures should be taken against grey economy.
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Mobile expertise in demand in the US - Good News from Finland

Mobile expertise in demand in the US - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
There is demand for Finnish expertise in the mobile industry in the US. Finnish companies operating in the games industry have already gained a strong foothold, although other companies in the sector also have lots to offer. The Finnish Mobile Association manages everything that the sector can offer.
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About 25,000 young people live “outside society”

About 25,000 young people live “outside society” | Finland | Scoop.it
About 25,000 young people with only a comprehensive school education are out of reach of society. The number is greater than that of young people who are classified as unemployed. If the unskilled jobless are included, the figure reaches 40,000.
Those who have fallen on the wayside do not work or study, but they have also not registered as unemployed. They are not on pension, in institutions, or in the Defence Forces. Society does not actually know where they are and what they live on.
Included in the group are only those who have not continued their education beyond comprehensive school. Also excluded are those who are taking care of a child of their own. Those who have completed upper secondary school, but are hanging out somewhere in the world are also excluded.
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Jobs, labour, productivity: Finland’s priorities for the decade ahead

Jobs, labour, productivity: Finland’s priorities for the decade ahead | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish economy faces significant challenges in the decade ahead. Finland’s population is aging at the fastest rate in Europe, which is causing strain on its welfare model. As our pro-bono contribution to the discussion on the Finnish economy, we have sought to quantify the key challenges facing Finland in terms of jobs, labour and public sector productivity; and its opportunities to respond to these. Our most important message is that Finland should now quickly move to execution mode to solve the challenges ahead.
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