Working hours recorded

Last updated 15/03/2019 - 10:31

Numbers of working hours took a downturn

In October–December, the total number of hours worked in the Helsinki region was approximately 316 million, which is 4 per cent more than during the corresponding period in the previous year. However, the number of hours worked at the national level increased by 3 per cent. In October–December, the total number of hours worked outside of the Helsinki region was 727 million.

The number of hours worked took an upward turn in the Helsinki region towards the end of 2017. The number of hours worked increased particularly in the Helsinki region but also in the rest of Finland over the past year.

Fewer overtime hours were worked in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and more in the KUUMA municipalities

In January–March, the number of overtime hours decreased by 5.8 per cent to one million in the Helsinki region in comparison to the corresponding period in the previous year. Fewer overtime hours were worked in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, while the number of overtime hours increased in the KUUMA municipalities compared to the previous year. Throughout Finland, more overtime hours were worked compared to the previous year. 

In terms of the number of hours worked, the most overtime work took place in business services. Relative to the number of employees, the sectors where the most overtime work took place were transport and warehousing as well as the commercial sector. In October–December, employees in the transport and warehousing sector worked an average of 18 hours of overtime, whereas the average for all employees in the region was eight hours. The information is based on a sample-based workforce study conducted by Statistics Finland.