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Recruitment and employment agencies should be considered useful tools for tackling youth unemployment, according to Merru Tuliaran, CEO and president of the Association of Private Employment Agencies (HPL).
There are already 50,000 young people employed on temporary contracts each year across Finland, and Tuliaran believes that youth unemployment can only be tackled by further utilising temporary employment.
“It would be good if we could changes attitudes so that all work is seen as valuable. Short-term work provides valuable experience and establishes relationships that can help [people] find work again,” said Tuliaran.
In a 2010 HPL survey, 86% of temporary agency workers reported satisfaction with their placements and would recommend temporary employment to friends. The results of the survey also clearly indicate that the majority of temporary agency workers chose temporary agency work due to the freedom it allows. The survey demonstrates that despite the recession temporary agency workers found employment quickly through agencies.
Finnish unemployment rose in May to 10.8%, compared with 9.5% a year ago, returning to its highest point since May 2009. According to the Finnish Labour Force Survey, there were 300,000 unemployed people in May 2013, an increase of 34,000 than May 2012. Youth unemployment accounts for 20.9% of total unemployment, compared with the OECD average of 16.2%.