The final report on the impact of the jobseeker activation scheme published

6.11.2019

The employment impact of the jobseeker activation scheme, or activation model, is difficult to distinguish from that resulting from the economic boom, which is why the report does not provide any numerical data on employment effects.

The activation model increased the financial incentive for the unemployed to accept short-term jobs and to participate in employment-promoting services. The report indicated that the model clearly increased participation in employment services. This was largely because the unemployed were required to meet the criteria specified in the activation model. In many cases, the effects of these services were short-term.

According to the survey and interviews, the activation model failed to address the different motivations, needs and capabilities of job seekers, which is why it was considered inequal, unfair and targeted at the wrong customer groups. The activation model was deemed to incentivise the kind of activity that was not based on the customers' needs, motivation, or fitness for labour policy purposes.

More information 

The final report on the impact of the jobseeker activation scheme published (TEM Press Release 6.11.2019)

The impact of the activation model on the unemployed and the operations of TE Offices. (in Finnish)