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Employment conditions in public procurements

Helsinki has promoted the creation of new employment and apprenticeships by applying employment conditions in the City’s procurements. The objective is to help people in a difficult position in the labour market with finding work.

The employment conditions are a part of the responsibility criteria of the City’s procurements. The objective is to survey the potential for employment in all bidding competitions with an estimated value of more than 200,000 euros. The transition phase continues until the end of 2022.

The City of Helsinki aims to be a pioneer in realising responsible practices. The City is committed to the sustainability goals of the UN and is the first European city to report on them. We want to take the environment, economy and humans into account in all our operations.

The City has been involved in two international development projects in which employment has been tested in pilot procurements. The European Social Fund has funded these projects as a part of the Sustainable Growth and Jobs 2014–2020 programme. The objective of the programme is to promote employment and labour mobility. A specific objective is the promotion of employment among the young and other groups that are in a weak position in the labour market.

The ‘Social Innovations and Employment through Public Procurement – SIEPP’ project was implemented in Helsinki from 1 November 2017 to 31 January 2020. In Finland, the partners were the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the City of Vantaa. The partners in Sweden were Upphandlingsmyndigheten, Arbetsförmedlingen, Trafikverket, and the cities of Botkyrka, Gothenburg, Helsingborg and Stockholm. The previous ‘Hankinnoista duunia – HANDU’ project was implemented in 2015–2017.

Watch a series of videos on Helsinki-kanava about the experiences of an employee and two employers. You can choose English subtitles by selecting the cc button in the upper right corner.

Päivi Järvinen started working in Café Skidilä at Annantalo Arts Centre after a difficult period in her personal life. How did this affect her life?


Tiina Ahonen works as HR Coordinator at Valio, a Finnish dairy and food company. What was her first thought upon employing? Learn her tips to recruitment.

What is the best way to get started with employing? Nursing Developer Larisa Kiljander tells about the experiences at Heseva Senior Centre.

Visit the project pages on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) website.

More information:
Economic Development Division, Special Planning Officer Leena Linnamäki, leena.linnamaki(at)hel.fi, tel. +358 (0) 40 149 5306




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