Finland shifts to new “Scandinavian” labor market service model

Finnish Those who are registered as job seekers as of today need to sit with their employers once every two weeks and send as many as four job seekers each month to stay eligible for unemployment benefits. I have.

TimomeringSenior Legal Specialist, Ministry of Employment and Economy, Said YLE on Sunday said the purpose of the more frequent meetings was to get to know the job seekers better and to allow them to return to the workforce faster than before.

The first interview will be held within 5 days of the start of the job search, and during the first 3 months of the job search, the job seeker will contact or sit down with the job seeker approximately once every two weeks. The first meeting was previously held within two weeks of the start of job hunting and was contacted every three months thereafter.

According to Meling, the frequency of contacts and meetings remains higher than before after the first three months.

Another new feature is the obligation to apply for four jobs a month.

“There are many exceptions to this, which can take into account, for example, weak labor market conditions, lack of jobs, and major problems with working ability,” he said.

The main difference from the previous obligation is that the job seeker himself can choose the position to apply for. Previously, you had to stay eligible for benefits by responding to jobs submitted by TE Office.

The non-qualifying period of benefits has also been shortened, halving up to 90 to 45 days, and the rules have been revised to indicate that the first breach does not trigger the non-qualifying period. However, the second breach triggers a seven-day period during which the job seeker is not eligible for unemployment benefits.

The Bureau of Employment and Economic Development (TE Offices) has hired approximately 1,200 professionals to handle the increasing workload.

The Ministry of Employment and Economy predicts that investing in the early stages of unemployment will increase employers’ ranks by 9,500 to 10,000 and reduce public costs by approximately € 140 million by 2025.

The Finnish Unemployed Association has expressed reservations regarding the effectiveness of this system.

“The main advantage may be that you can find jobs quickly, but the number of jobs available doesn’t necessarily change. In that sense, it’s not always too realistic.” Jukka HarpakoskiChief Operating Officer of the National Unemployed Organization, commented on YLE.

His other concerns include the job seeker’s ability to send four job seekers a month, the hiring manager’s ability to meet job seekers at the suggested frequency, and the consequences of resource reallocation for the long-term unemployed. included.

He reminded that only 8 percent of long-term unemployed are within the unemployment security system. “They should be trained more systematically than they are today.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT Finland shifts to new “Scandinavian” labor market service model

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