Significant local employer
The member companies of Finnish Energy have approximately 16,000 employees, about 14,000 of whom participate in ET’s labour market activities. Therefore, together with their subcontractors and partners, the energy companies are significant local employers.
About two-thirds of the employees of the member companies are salaried or senior salaried employees working in various tasks related to planning, research, customer service and management. About one-third of the workforce represent manual workers who are responsible for installation, repair and maintenance tasks that require solid vocational skills. The majority of the employees have vocational qualifications, or they are technicians with intermediate vocational qualifications or Bachelors of Engineering, or they have a Master’s level academic degree.
Due to being a technical sector, the employees in the energy industry are predominantly male, however, women represent 23 per cent of staff. Employment contracts are mainly permanent and full-time. When a person decides to embark on a career in the energy industry, it is typical that they continue working in the sector in the long term. The companies are also popular employers as there is a low manpower turnover in the field. Recruitment needs arise mainly through retirement or new business opportunities. Just under 40 per cent of the employees are over 50 years of age or older.
Although the energy sector and its expert tasks are becoming more international, the tasks will not disappear abroad in the future either. As the energy operations extend to the entire country, the need for manpower applies to all regions of Finland, unlike in many other sectors. The remuneration level in the sector is one of the best in Finnish industries.
A future in the energy sector
Leaps in the utilisation of the internet, technological advances and robotics stimulate the change in working life. The majority of work and workers are already constantly globally connected to one another, work is not dependent on time or place and it is flexible according to the people doing it, and it has been possible to mechanise many hazardous tasks.
In the future, some of the traditional tasks will disappear, to be replaced by new expert tasks that focus on demanding reasoning and the promotion of the use of technology. There will still be jobs in the future, but the work will be done more and more in various networks, outside the work communities, and in the interface of various data-processing machines.
Finnish Energy has examined the change in working life in the Työmarkkinaskenaario 2025 (Labour market scenario) project. The material for the project has been gathered from an online think-tank, small-group work sessions and the rounds of comments for various intermediate reports.
The final report of the project and the key results of the online think-tank, as well as the five scenarios produced in small group work, are found on the Työmarkkinaskenaario 2025 website.