Our personnel are highly diverse, with a broad age distribution and more than 80 different nationalities represented. Some 16 per cent of our personnel have immigrant backgrounds.
In 2016, we employed approximately 8,000 people in Finland, Sweden and Russia. Each year, we recruit some 2,000 employees in Finland, including approximately one thousand summer workers.
The availability of good employees is becoming increasingly challenging, particularly in growth centres. Ensuring the availability of employees is a critical success factor in our labour-intensive industry. It can be influenced by reducing employee turnover, taking measures targeted at specific professional groups and by activating groups outside the labour market. Employee turnover varies substantially between our different professional groups:
- Facility Services 35.8%
- Industrial Services 14.6%
- Environmental Services 8.6%
- Salaried employees 15.8%
In 2016, we held 58 statutory employer–employee negotiations, which led to the termination of the employment of 133 employees. Of those whose employment was terminated, 51 were salaried employees and 82 were non-salaried employees. In addition, six people were temporarily laid off as a result of the negotiations. The reasons for the large statutory employer–employee negotiations were loss-making and unprofitable operations.
We promote diversity
We want to promote diversity and the employment of immigrants. We have aimed to actively promote the integration into Finnish society of refugees entitled to asylum by offering them employment opportunities through a new kind of integration training. The project is part of a project launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, which includes several employers and institutional investors. The new model combines traditional integration training with vocational training. As the Finnish State has experienced challenges in launching the new operating model, the training has not yet begun in spite of efforts to do so.
In addition to its involvement in the project, L&T has assessed alternative methods to promote the employment of immigrants, as the company has vacancies that it has not been able to fill with jobseekers representing the native population.
Employees age distribution