Membership in employee organisations
|Updated: 5.8.2013 - Next update: 30.9.2014|
Share of membership in trade organisations increased in 2012The Working Life Barometer enables to examine the level of wage-earners organisation. It asks em-ployees if they are members of a trade association, union of salaried employees or trade union or if they belong to an unemployment fund. In 2012, 75% of wage-earners had a membership and, in addition, 14% were members of an unemployment fund. The level of organisation has not greatly changed in the 2000s. The unemployment funds have, however, slightly increased their popularity over the past ten years.
Women are members of trade organisations more often than men and in 2012 their share increased on the previous year. Among men, the long-term trend is slightly declining. In 2012, 65% of men and 82% of women declared membership of a trade organisation. Over the past two years, the number of men contributing to an unemployment fund has been greater than that of women and, in 2011 and 2012, the share of men was clearly bigger than in previous years. In 2012, almost one fifth (18%) of men and 10% of women declared membership of an unemployment fund.
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.