Working capacity programme


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Working capacity programme to improve employment of people with impaired work capacity 

Current topics: Closing seminar on the working capacity programme on 15 February

Closing seminar on the working capacity programme on 15 February

The closing seminar on the working capacity programme will be held on 15 February. The event is intended for everyone interested in employment policy. Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen and Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen will be present. Experts in the economy, politics, the labour market and work ability and functional capacity as well as the experiences of persons with partial work ability who have been granted work and employers who offered work for them will be heard at the event.

Please see the programme and other details on out events calendar where you can also register for the event.

Working capacity programme to improve employment of people with impaired work capacity 

The Government’s objective is to achieve an employment rate of 75% by the middle of the decade. Achieving this goal requires that people with impaired work capacity also have the opportunity to work and contribute to society according to their abilities. The Working capacity programme is part of the Government’s employment measures. Its implementation is based on Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government Programme.

About 65,000 people with partial work capacity, who are currently outside the labour market, estimate that they have the capacity to work and they would like to work. The Working capacity programme seeks solutions to the acknowledged problems in the employment of persons with partial work capacity. 

The aim is to promote the employment of people with partial work capacity and their wellbeing at work. This can be achieved by providing appropriate services to support their work capacity. New means are sought, for example, from experimental projects for the introduction of effective services and operating models. 

The measures of the Working capacity programme concern the unemployed. Most of the measures are broad-based and seek solutions that support both the work capacity of the persons and their employment.

The Working capacity programme aims to

  • identify the need to support the work capacity of people with impaired work capacity 
  • provide people with impaired work ability individual and well-timed work capacity and employment services 
  • strengthen the expertise and resources of experts to improve services for people with impaired work capacity
  • promote the creation of jobs for people with impaired work capacity 
  • develop services for employers to facilitate the recruitment of people with impaired capacity to work
  • reform the current rehabilitation services based on proposals by Rehabilitation Reform Committee. 
  • seek solutions to lower the recruitment threshold by developing services and participating in the preparation of the social security reform.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for implementing the working capacity in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The measures in the administrative branches of those two ministries support and complement each other. They will be implemented in 2019–2023.

The measures of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment focus on removing barriers to employment of persons with impaired work capacity and boosting their employment. This will also help prevent long-term unemployment. Measures taken in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health will develop support services to improve the work capacity of people.

Read more about measures of the Working capacity programme:

External evaluation of the Working capacity programme

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has launched a research project to assess the results and implementation of the Government’s working capacity programme. The final report will be completed in May 2023.

The evaluation comprises three sets of research:

  • realisation of the objectives set for the programme
  • cooperation between administrative branches in the implementation of the programme
  • compiling a situation picture of the working capacity of persons with impaired capacity to work in Finland based on statistics and previous studies

The assessment is monitored and steered by a steering group appointed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.