EK’s member companies employ 24,000 foreign nationals
At the end of 2011, the number of foreign employees working for the member companies of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) was approximately 24,000, and the number is rising steadily.
According to the latest issue of EK’s Prima Magazine, the number of foreign employees represents 2.4 per cent of these companies’ total workforce.
Based on a survey conducted by EK, some 15 per cent of its member companies indicated a need to increase their foreign workforce. The industrial sector needs international reinforcements most, while the service sector is close behind.
The majority of foreigners work in blue-collar positions, but as many as one-third already hold specialist or clerical employee positions.
Second-generation immigrants with an Asian background already outnumber the immigrants with a Russian background.
Immigrants with African heritage make up the third largest group, the Prima Magazine writes.
More than a half of those with a native language other than Finnish or Swedish live in the Uusimaa region.
In total, Finland has a foreign population of slightly more than 183,000, or roughly 3.4 per cent of the total of 5,406,814 reported by Statistics Finland at the end of April.
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK): Prima Magazine