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Employers can hire a person in Finland to replace a worker arriving from abroad. This type of temporary job contract can be signed on condition that the contract expires once the foreign worker who is being replaced arrives in Finland and takes the job.Updated 14.5.2020 at 12.16
We will do everything in our power to ensure that primary production can continue without interruption, and encourage all Finns and foreigners living in Finland to accept seasonal work in the agriculture, forestry and horticulture sectors.
Seasonal work is marketed to potential domestic labour force through #Seasonwork-campaign to encourage people to accept seasonal work involving work on farms and in gardens, wild berry picking, and forest regeneration. The main target groups of the campaign are holders of work permits already in Finland who are able to accept other work in the emergency conditions; young Finnish and international students, upper secondary school students, asylum seekers who have the right to work, those who are about to complete their integration training, and all jobseekers and persons who have been laid off for more than three months.Updated 7.5.2020 at 12.43
The TE Office publishes vacancies on its website. The employment administration actively targets different jobseeker groupswith campaigns on seasonal work in agriculture. Key target groups of the campaigns are holders of work permits already in Finland who are able to accept other work in the emergency conditions;young Finnish and international students, upper secondary school students, asylum seekers who have the right to work, those who are about to complete their integration training, and all jobseekers and persons who have been laid off for more than three months.
Educational solutions offered by the TE Services can also help employers gain access to skilled labour. TE Services organise customised vocational training courses, including intensive short courses, planned together with the employer. More information is available from the TE Office and the ELY Centre in your region.
Third-country nationals residing in the country with a residence permit or a permit under the Aliens Act may change employer and profession without applying for a further permit.
A residence permit issued by 9.4.2020 at the latest or a seasonal work permit referred to in the Aliens Act entitle employees to work in all sectors and tasks essential for security of supply or the functioning of the labour market.
Special act on emergency conditions is in force until 31.10.2020.
Every effort is made to allow labour force already in Finland to become employed in sectors affected by labour shortage. Following lay-offs and dismissals, there is a significant amount of labour force available in the labour market at the moment. Many young students will have no summer jobs this summer. In addition, foreign students and other foreigners looking for work in Finland should be considered potential employees. Information about job opportunities should therefore be offered in English. The exceptional situation also severely affects the ability of sole entrepreneurs and, for example, tourism entrepreneurs to employ themselves when there are hardly any customers. This group also represents potential workforce which is worth keeping in mind.
Vacancies can also be advertised on the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK’s Töitä Suomesta (Work in Finland) website
Personnel service companies can offer help in finding and recruiting employees and in temporary employment. Your local TE Office can provide contact information for personnel service companies that can help you find seasonal workers.
Students can offer assistance and farm replacement services as necessary if the coronavirus epidemic affects a farm entrepreneur’s operations. Working on a farm could be included as part of studies in vocational education institutions, universities of applied sciences and universities. For students, the arrangement provides an opportunity to continue studies in these exceptional circumstances. For recent graduates, this is an opportunity to find employment in the sector. In the Töitäsuomesta.fi online service, people can register as volunteers, or to find additional labour for farms, horse farms and forestry and horticulture sectors. Additional labour consists of students working as part of studies, and those who request financial compensation.
In the coronavirus situation, seasonal workers are unable to arrive in Finland and therefore unable to fulfil their key obligation, i.e. obligation to work.
Employers can report vacancies in seasonal work. This is necessary to secure sufficient labour force. Access to foreign labour has become more difficult in the coronavirus situation because Finland’s borders have been closed. In cases where entry into Finland is granted, the two-week quarantine must be taken into account. The situation may be different for work performed in the late autumn.
Please contact the TE Office in your region. TE Offices can put you in touch with other organisations in your region to help you find employees.
Töitä Suomesta (Work in Finland) website contains useful materialfor the sectors concerned.Updated 7.4.2020 at 14.05