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Young Helsinki residents change jobs often

Good employment situation means young professionals can pick and choose

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The good employment situation in the Helsinki region has led to greater job mobility among young, educated employees.
      With plenty of work available, young people with professional training have become more demanding and are changing jobs sometimes as frequently as once a year, or every two years.
      A young person's first job often ends up being a short-term affair.
      For companies, this leads to constant backlogs in recruitment, as well as to expensive and time-consuming training of new employees.
Many companies are react to this problem by developing ways to encourage stronger commitment on the part of employees. Helsinki's OP Bank has developed internal training and an incentive system.
      The computer services company Tieto-Tapiola plans to introduce a seven-month course of precision training, after which the employee is contractually required to commit to staying with the company for a period ranging from six months to a year.
      Toni Koskinen of the business management consultancy company MPS says that young professionals have more self-confidence than before.
      "When young people are telephoned and offered work, it might put ideas into their heads. There are so many opportunities now that there has been an increase in people who have been selected turning down jobs that have been offered", says Koskinen.
According to Koskinen, the good employment situation in the Helsinki region is also reflected in the fact that companies get fewer applications for job openings.
      "Large and well-known companies get applications, but medium-sized companies already have problems. Sometimes there are no applications for available jobs", Koskinen says.
      He faults companies for waiting until now before taking measures to alleviate the problem; he points out that the labour shortage did not come as a surprise to anyone.
      "Where are growing companies to get employees, now that more jobs are being created all the time? Now at the latest we should understand that methods of encouraging commitment and well-being at work need to be brought up to standard", Koskinen says.

Helsingin Sanomat

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