Published: 20 March 2013

More than half of students were employed during their studies

According to Statistics Finland's data, employment during studies was more widespread in 2011 than one year earlier. Fifty-seven per cent of students were employed during their studies. The share of students employed during studies grew by nearly one percentage point from the previous year. Employment during studies was most widespread among university students, as 61 per cent of them had an employment contract while studying. The share of students employed during polytechnic studies was 59 per cent, and employment among students in upper secondary vocational education was 57 per cent.

Shares of employed students aged at least 18 of all students in 2006-2011

Shares of employed students aged at least 18 of all students in 2006-2011

Women worked while studying more frequently than men: 60 per cent of women and 53 per cent of men had an employment contract while studying. The proportion of employed women in upper secondary general education and in polytechnic education was ten percentage points higher than that of men.

Employment during studies grew more widespread the older the students were. Twenty-five per cent of 18-year-old students, 46 per cent of 21-year-old students and 56 per cent of 24-year-old students had an employment relationship. Among students aged 25 or over, 70 per cent were employed during their studies.

Employment of students during studies varied by field of education. Sixty-nine per cent of students in the fields of social sciences, and business and administration were employed at the end of 2011. In the fields of safety and security, 67 per cent of students, in social services, health and sports, 64 per cent of students, and in the fields of humanities and education, 58 per cent of students were employed during studies.

Employment during studies was more common than the average for the whole country in the regions of Uusimaa, Ostrobothnia, Kanta-Häme and Varsinais-Suomi, and in Åland.

More information related to the progress of studies is available from statistics describing Discontinuation of education and Progress of studies .


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ritva Kaukonen 09 1734 3311, Anna Loukkola 09 1734 3678, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 20.3.2013

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Employment of students [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0017. 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 1.8.2021].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/opty/2011/opty_2011_2013-03-20_tie_001_en.html