Most of Finland’s highly educated people abroad have experienced discrimination in their job search and work

says Mika Sallinen, Country Director of Universum Finland, an organization focusing on employer image research and development. A joint study by Universum and the City of also revealed that the biggest challenges in job search are related to employers’ requirements for proficiency in the mother tongue of Finnish.

“The survey was answered by almost 500 highly trained international experts living in Finland. Most of them felt that employers should critically evaluate their proficiency requirements if they want to be attractive in the eyes of international experts, Sallinen says. The survey was conducted between December 2021 and January 2022, and it also examined the respondents’ working life preferences and opinions about Finnish employers.

The study showed that international experts value the balance between and leisure, vocational training and development, and ethical norms as employer characteristics more than . Naturally, they also find it attractive if the employer invests in diversity and inclusion.

Thus, the respondents raised the issues related to the required proficiency in the Finnish language as the biggest challenge in the job search phase and suggested them critically to employers. There were also language problems in networking due to a lack of networking tools and events for international professionals. The study also revealed that there is room for improvement in the recruitment processes of Finnish . As many as 45% of respondents had not applied for a job.

“This study confirms what we have heard on several occasions while working with international professionals. Presenting the data in clear numerical research results also makes the problems visible to companies, ”says the senior designer Melissa Arni-Hardén From the city of Espoo. “We are actively organizing opportunities for these professionals and employers to meet each other at our various recruitment events and break down the walls of encounter and successful recruitment at a .”

The survey also asked employers who, according to respondents, have had an equal and diverse recruitment process or work atmosphere. VTT, , Relex Systems, , Wolt, Kone, the City of Espoo, , Rovio, , Supercell and Supermetrics received the most mentions in this section.

The results of the survey were published today at Espoo Talent Hub.

* Between December 2021 and January 2022, a total of 466 highly trained international experts responded to the survey, sharing their views on Finnish employers and working life.

Source: The Nordic Page

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