Membership in employee organisations 

Updated: 12.9.2016 - Next update: 12.9.2017

Professional organisation became more common from the early 1990s, when the employment situation worsened. For women, the change was as high as ten percentage points between 1990 and 1997, for men the growth was smaller. Over the 2000s, changes in professional organisation have been small according to the Working Life Barometer, although the economic situation has been weak in recent years and unemployment has been growing. Economic security against unemployment has, in turn, been sought more often than before only from membership to an unemployment fund. Around three quarters of wage and salary earners were in 2014 members of a trade union and in addition, 16 per cent belonged only to an unemployment fund.

In 2015, ninety per cent of both men and women were a member of either a trade union or an unemployment fund. In previous years, women have been members of either of them more often than men. Women are still more often members of a trade union than men, for men, memberships to an unemployment fund have especially been more common than before since 2011.

Ministry of Employment and the Economy / Working life barometers

Description of indicator

Indicator information is based on the annual working life barometer of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Professionally organised persons are members of a trade union. Some wage or salary earners are members of unemployment funds only, either private ones or those operating in connection with trade unions.