Careers

Experts from a broad range of different fields work in Finland’s six Regional State Administrative Agencies for the people and regions. Read more about our tasks: About us.

There are about 1,200 of us in all parts of Finland. Most of us have a university degree in such areas as administrative sciences, social sciences, law or medicine. Among us, there are also experts in education, health care and business fields.

Our job titles include Planning Officer, Senior Medical Officer, OSH Consultant, Senior Adviser, Environmental Affairs, and Legal Counsel. Administrative Officers and Senior Officers work in a number of different divisions of Regional State Administrative Agencies. For example, you can hold the post of a Senior Officer in Social Services, Educational Affairs, Health Care Services, Rescue Services, or Occupational Safety and Health.

Our personnel strategy for the period 2020–2023

In accordance with our latest personnel strategy, our activities are based on strong expertise, good management, supervisory work and team spirit. 

  • We ensure that the professional competence of our staff members is developed in a broad-based, proactive and systematic manner. 
  • We welcome the mobility of professional competence, work, knowledge and personnel and strive to find solutions supporting mobility.
  • We put great emphasis on wellbeing at work and enhancing team spirit. 

About 88% of our staff members are in a permanent employment relationship and about 94% work full time. Our staff members are highly educated: nearly 60% of them hold a master’s degree and about 30% a bachelor’s degree.

Our personnel 2020

Number of personnel 2018−2020

  • 2018: 1,203 persons
  • 2019: 1,250 persons
  • 2020: 1,260 persons

Gender distribution 2020

  • Men 436 (34.6%)
  • Women 824 (65.4%)

Permanent and fixed-term 2018−2020

  • 2018: 85.6% and 14.4%
  • 2019: 87.2% and 12.8%
  • 2020: 87.9% and 12.1%

Full-time and part-time 2018−2020

  • 2018: 92.9% and 7.1%
  • 2019: 93.7% and 6.3%
  • 2020: 94.0% and 6.0%

Average age 2018−2020

  • 2018: 50.3 years
  • 2019: 49.9 years
  • 2020: 49.4 years

Regional State Administrative Agencies − number of personnel 31 December 2020

  • Southern Finland 536
  • Eastern Finland 137
  • Lapland 43
  • Southwestern Finland 139
  • Western and Inland Finland 258
  • Northern Finland 147

Price of person-year 2018−2020

  • 2018: EUR 60,448
  • 2019: EUR 63,189
  • 2020: EUR 64,095

Educational level 2020

  • Master’s level/doctoral level: 58.6%
  • Short-cycle tertiary education and bachelor’s level: 29.9%
  • Upper secondary education: 9.4%
  • Primary/lower-secondary education and unknown: 2.1

Wellbeing at work 2019−2020 (scale 0−4)

  • Job satisfaction 2018: 3.63
  • Job satisfaction 2019: 3.68
  • Job satisfaction 2020: 3.73
  • Leadership index 2020: 3.52

Sickness absences as measured in working days/person-year

(2020: 8,750 working days)

  • 2018: 9.3
  • 2019: 9.0
  • 2020: 7.2

Breakdown of person-years 2020

  • Specialisation units 13.9
  • Directors-General and management support 27.4
  • Rescue services and preparedness 36.1
  • Education and culture 100.5
  • Administrative and development services 117.7
  • Environmental permits 143.0
  • Basic public services, legal rights and permits 380.3
  • Occupational health and safety 404.1

How to apply for work in a Regional State Administrative Agency?

You can find all vacancies in Regional State Administrative Agencies open for external applicants at the Valtiolle.fi website. The applications for the positions are also submitted via the Valtiolle.fi system. In addition to completing the application form, you can also give a description of yourself and in most cases, attach your CV to the application.

The description of yourself and your expertise should be well-structured and clearly written. For example, we would like to hear how your previous experience would help you in the tasks that you are applying for.

Write your application in a concise manner and summarise which areas of your expertise would be particularly important in the tasks that you are applying for.

Tip: When writing your application, relate your expertise and strengths to the expectations that we have listed in the ad. 

How to prepare for the interview?

The purpose of the interview is to get to know you and to give you an opportunity to highlight your strengths and expertise. You can prepare for the interview by 

  • reading through the ad carefully
  • considering what is required for the position and how well-suited you are for the job in terms of your expertise
  • visiting our social media channels and website. For example, you can get an idea of the work in a Regional State Administrative Agency by reading the stories of our staff members.
  • considering in advance what you would like to ask the interviewer.

The interviews are often arranged face-to-face at the Regional State Administrative Agency. We may also conduct a virtual interview, for example using Teams. Virtual interviews have become more common during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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