The activation model must be modified so that it corresponds with the real-life situation of highly educated jobseekers

The Union of Professionals in Natural, Environmental and Forestry Sciences Loimu demands that political decision-makers quickly modify the activation model related to unemployment security. - Independent job seeking and using the employment promotion services offered by trade organisations must absolutely be included in the activity requirement criteria that allow the jobseeker to avoid cuts in unemployment security, says Helena Herttuainen, Loimu’s President.

Loimu’s General Secretary Mikko Salo criticises the new act as the activity requirement criteria do not correspond with the real everyday situation faced by highly educated jobseekers. - The legislation that now entered into force completely ignores, among other things, the activity that job-seeking trade organisation members demonstrate by using employment services offered by their trade organisations, Salo comments. - For instance, various career services offered by Loimu that promote employment and develop competence were used by nearly 2,000 members last year and the number is increasing. The Työnhakuveturi and Työnhakuboosteri services, realised jointly with a couple of other trade unions belonging to Akava (the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland), are actively used by our members, he goes on to say.

According to Helena Herttuainen, measures to modify the activation model must be taken quickly. - Highly educated jobseekers use many different channels to find employment. Our members also maintain their professional competence and develop it actively. In addition, studying during unemployment should be allowed more freely than nowadays. The activation model must be modified quickly so that it takes the real-life situation of our job-seeking members into account.

Further information:
General Secretary Mikko Salo, +358 41 458 0033, mikko.salo (at)

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK is organising a demonstration against the activation model at Senate Square in Helsinki on Friday 2 February at 11.00. The demonstration will last for a maximum of 1.5 hours. Loimu members may participate in the demonstration on their own time if they wish to do so. If you wish to participate in the demonstration, read the basic instructions here. If you need further information, you can also contact Loimu’s experts.

Further information about participating in the demonstration:
Advocacy Director Arja Varis, +358 400 488 516, arja.varis (at)

What is this activation model about?

The act concerning the activation model related to unemployment security entered into force on 1 January 2018. The activation model means that, during a monitoring period of 65 unemployment allowance payment days, an unemployed jobseeker must meet a so-called activity requirement in order to ensure that the unemployment allowance is paid in full also on the 65 payment days (approximately three months) following the monitoring period. If the activity requirement is not met, the unemployment allowance is reduced by 4.65 per cent for the next monitoring period. The cut is equal to one day without allowance per month.

To maintain the normal allowance level, during the monitoring period the unemployed jobseeker must either

  • perform 18 hours of salaried work
  • earn, through self-employment, at least 23 per cent of the monthly income required to meet the work requirement for self-employed persons (in 2018: EUR 241) OR
  • participate in the Employment and Economic Development Office’s (TE Office’s) employment promotion service for five days





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