Atypical jobs offer poorer vacation rights
Helsinki (07.07.2011 - Juhani Artto) Trade unions want employees in atypical
jobs to have identical rights as wage and salary earners in permanent
full-time jobs. However, regulations on working conditions in atypical jobs
still fall short of this demand.
This is true also concerning the length of annual leave. "The logic is
this: The shorter the employment relation is and the more it diverges from
typical employment relation, the poorer the annual leave rights are",
Anu-Hanna Anttila, a sociologist from the University of Turku, writes on
SAK's web site.
"A four-week paid annual leave has become sort of standard - a typical
annual leave", she crystalises. Such annual leave is long compared to
annual leave in many other countries but most wage and salary earners in
Finland have even a longer paid annual leave than that.
An employment relation that has lasted a year or more accumulates 2.5 days
per month annual leave. In practice it means five weeks of paid annual
In short-time jobs employees acquire only 2 days per month of paid annual
leave. Anttila reminds us that self-employed people do not have any rights
paid annual leave. If/when taking time off or taking annual leave their
fully financed by the self-employed themselves. About 160,000 people in
Finland work as self-employed.