Part-time and fixed-term employment 

Updated: 24.1.2017 - Next update: 27.4.2017

Temporary employment is more widespread among women than men

Eighty-five per cent of all employment contracts of employees were permanent and 15 per cent temporary in 2015. The shares remained almost unchanged from the year before. Temporary employment relationships are more common for women than for men. In 2015, eighteen per cent of female employees and around 13 per cent of male employees worked in a temporary employment relationship. In recent years the number of temporary female employees has remained almost unchanged. For men, the share of temporary employees was in 2015 still higher than in 2008 and 2009.

Number of part-time employees highest in female-dominate industries

In 2015, the number of employees in part-time employment remained on level with the previous year. Part-time employment is more widespread among women than men. In 2015, nineteen per cent of female employees and ten per cent of male employees worked part-time. The number of male employees working part-time grew by nearly 6,000 persons and that of female employees working part-time decreased by almost the same amount compared with the previous year.

Statistics Finland / Labour force survey

Description of indicator

Employees or self-employed persons who report they work part-time in their main job are classified as part-time workers. The definition is not based on any hour limits, but on the respondent's own idea of the work being part-time.

Employees with an employment contract for a fixed term, for a trial period, or for carrying out certain tasks are considered as being in temporary employment.