The coronavirus crisis increases the severity of rural labour shortages. The labour shortage in rural areas is in danger of getting worse because 16,000 foreign seasonal workers do not have access to rural seasonal work. Government policy has allowed for the recruitment of 1,500 foreign seasonal workers for carrying out during the spring agricultural, forestry and fisheries work that is critical to security of supply.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK are working together to find solutions to secure the labour supply for rural enterprises. Of central importance is the cooperation between the public TE Services and the organisation-run Töitä Suomesta (Work in Finland) service.
TE Offices have a key role in connecting seasonal jobs and employees in rural areas. The organisation's www.töitäsuomesta.fi website supports TE Offices and serves rural companies and those seeking to work for them. The töitäsuomesta.fi service is safe and free of charge for all customers.
Töitä Suomessa online service