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Mon, 31 Oct, 2016 12:00:16 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Oct 31
 
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The main obstacle to employment is the reluctance to relocate for work when jobs are not available in one’s community, according to a survey by the Municipal Development Foundation. 
 
The survey was conducted in September and had over a thousand respondents.
 
Nearly 80 per cent of the respondents believed that their reluctance to migrate was a barrier to employment. 
 
About 60 per cent also mentioned the lack of flexibility in working conditions as well as good benefits and subsidies as reasons for not accepting work.
 
About 57 per cent agreed with the statement that too many people in Finland don’t want to work when their finances are otherwise secure. 
 
This is the majority opinion of members of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK), and AKAVA. 
 
Less than half, or 47 per cent, of the respondents, believe that laziness and unwillingness to accept work was a barrier to employment. The majority, or 60 per cent, said they would accept any job as an alternative to unemployment.
 
Respondents were not interested in short-term jobs, cuts in benefits or uncertainties. 
 
However, exactly half of the respondents said unemployment benefits should be cut completely, if an unemployed person refuses employment services.
 
The survey was conducted by TNS Gallup, and 1,082 Finns aged 18 to 75 responded. 
 
The margin of error at its highest was three per cent in either direction.
 
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