A special assignment company to employ people with partial work ability who are in the most difficult labour market position

A new special assignment company wholly owned by the State will be established to promote the employment of persons with partial work ability. The special assignment company would employ people with partial work capacity and other unemployed people who are in the most difficult labour market position. Combining public services and those offered by the company as an employer will improve employees’ competence and labour market skills so that many of them can advance in their careers and move to the open labour market. 

TE services are intended for all who need support for their employment and the new special assignment company would only employ people sent by the TE Office. Municipalities and others involved could direct their customers to the TE Office to make them available for the company.

Primarily, the company would sell to its customers service packages that its employees with partial work ability would produce. The clients would include companies, organisations, public sector entities and private consumers in need of labour. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is currently preparing the company’s business plan.

As the new company will receive State aid, it must operate without distorting competition. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is in charge of the ownership steering of the company. 

The Government proposal on the company was submitted to Parliament on 21 October 2021. The new special assignment company would start operations during 2022. 

Press release 21.20.2021: A new state-owned company to employ the most disadvantaged people with partial work ability

The establishment of the company is based on a report by Hannu Mäkinen, Director-General of Finnish Customs. 

Inquiries: Business and organisation of the special assignment company: Pirjo Larm, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, pirjo.larm(at)gov.fi, Employment process at TE Offices, ownership steering and prevention of distortion of competition: Patrik Tötterman, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, patrik.totterman(at)gov.fi