Working conditions barometer: Wage-earners' work ability remains at a good level

Approximately 90 per cent of all wage-earners report a very good or fairly good work ability. In the long-term, employers' own assessments of their work ability have improved. On the other hand, negative outlooks in the labour market have prevailed five consecutive years. Haste also stresses employees.

In 2015, about half of wage-earners told that tasks had been reorganised in their own workplace or new working methods or ICT systems had been introduced in the course of the year.

This was the first time that the respondents were asked to tell if there is enough time at work to innovate and to adopt new ideas. About 40 per cent of the respondents felt that there is often or fairly often time to think of new ideas at work, while 35 per cent of them reported that they had time for that every now and then.

The majority of wage-earners consider that their workplace gives opportunities for learning new things all the time and 54 per cent of employees took part in training financed by the employer.

In 2015, approximately every tenth wage-earner estimated that they could face termination of their own employment relationship the following year, and 16 per cent considered becoming temporarily laid off possible.

The data is indicated in the preliminary results of the 2015 working conditions barometer, released by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy on 18 February 2016. The barometer describes changes in the quality of working life from the wage-earners' perspective. The data are based on interviews among wage-earners, made by Statistics Finland in connection with its Labour Force Survey.