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Who Treats Their Workers Best?

Who Treats Their Workers Best? | Finland | Scoop.it

 


The Human Capital Report, released Tuesday by the World Economic Forum, measured 122 countries in four areas — education, health, employment and “enabling environment” — to establish the rankings. The fourth area encompasses subjects such as a country’s legal framework as well as transportation and communications infrastructure, which affect an individual’s ability to work.Countries that treat workers the best, according to the World Economic Forum: http://on.wsj.com/18pOd1T

1. Switzerland
2. Finland
3. Singapore
4. Netherlands
5. Sweden
6. Germany
7. Norway
8. United Kingdom
9. Denmark
10. Canada
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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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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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Foreigners in Finland love being their own boss

Foreigners in Finland love being their own boss | Finland | Scoop.it
Immigrant entrepreneurs are the fastest-growing segment of small-business
owners in southern Finland's Uusimaa region.
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Downshifting reinforces traditional gender roles

Downshifting reinforces traditional gender roles | Finland | Scoop.it
Up to 40 percent of working parents are exhausted, according to a fresh study
by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).
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Finnish union threatens to expand strike to Nokia

Finnish union threatens to expand strike to Nokia | Finland | Scoop.it
A Finnish whitecollar workers' union said on Wednesday it may expand an ongoing strike next week to include maker Nokia, a move that could slow operations at the Finnish mobile phone company.
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One in four Finns receives pension

One in four Finns receives pension | Finland | Scoop.it
Some 1,464,000 people out of the total population of about 5.4 million—which
in practice means nearly every fourth Finn—were receiving pension at the end
of last year, according to figures from the Finnish Centre for Pensions.
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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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Mediation helps solve workplace bullying

Mediation helps solve workplace bullying | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland has twice as many cases of workplace bullying than in other European countries, a dissertation research paper presented by the University of Lapland claims. More emphasis is being placed on promoting mediation to reduce the level of harassment and bullying at work.
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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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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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OECD study finds Finns spend less time on work than many others : Finland Business News

OECD study finds Finns spend less time on work than many others : Finland Business News | Finland | Scoop.it
Finns have been found to work less than citizens of most other prosperous countries. Germans work even less.
A fresh report by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) gives the lie to the notion of northern Protestants keeping their noses to the grindstone.
The study finds that people living in Spain and Portugal devote more time to paid and unpaid work.
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Need a Job? Invent It

Need a Job? Invent It | Finland | Scoop.it
Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.”

 

Who is doing it right?

“Finland is one of the most innovative economies in the world,” he said, “and it is the only country where students leave high school ‘innovation-ready.’ 

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The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23)

The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23) | Finland | Scoop.it
The OECD ranks the work-life balance among its members by focusing on daily hours worked, leisure time, and employment rate for women with children.

 

Denmark is first in the world for work-life balance in 2011 OECD report. Finland is 4th. The U.S. comes in 23rd.

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Degree no job guarantee for immigrants

Degree no job guarantee for immigrants | Finland | Scoop.it

Up to three-quarters of immigrants in Finland with a higher education are without jobs. A new doctoral dissertation indicates that language barriers, the generally poor situation in the job market and discrimination are among the problems faced by well-educated immigrants.

In many cases, degrees held by immigrants are not directly comparable to Finnish degrees.
"There is still not enough updating education and education for qualifications for these degrees to be recognized and comparable. If more resources were made available and in that way degrees were more easily made comparable, immigrants would be on the same starting line with Finns, as far as their degrees are concerned," says Henna Kyhä of the University of Turku, who wrote the dissertation entitled "Educated Immigrants in Employment Markets".

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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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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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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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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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Finns work while on holiday

Finns work while on holiday | Finland | Scoop.it
A fresh study indicates that 70% of Finns do some work-related tasks even while on annual holiday. Of respondents to poll, 67% said that they check their work email at least once a week.
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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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Global Survey Finds Best Countries for Flex Work

Global Survey Finds Best Countries for Flex Work | Finland | Scoop.it
If you want a flexible work arrangement, look for a job in Finland, and avoid Japan, Greece or Armenia.

In the past year, countries with the highest percentage of companies allowing flexible work arrangements: (top 3)

Finland 92%
Sweden 86%
Australia 85%
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Filipino Nurses Receive their Finnish Nursing Degrees - ScandAsia.com

Filipino Nurses Receive their Finnish Nursing Degrees - ScandAsia.com | Finland | Scoop.it
Now they are also completing the Finnish university of applied sciences nursing degree programme.
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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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