The summer job voucher encourages companies to offer jobs to young people, strengthens young people’s skills needed in working life, and offers positive experiences of working life.
The summer job voucher is a shared project of young people, entrepreneurs and the City of Helsinki. The City of Helsinki will provide a reimbursement of EUR 325 to each employer who hires a 9th grader with the summer job voucher for the summer between 1 June and 13 August 2021. The minimum requirements for the summer job are a total working time of 60 hours and a salary of EUR 400.
The employer must have a Finnish business ID. The company’s information will be verified from the tax debt register. The employer cannot be a private individual, a municipality or the government.
The feedback from employers regarding the young summer employees and the voucher system has been overwhelmingly positive over the years. In 2020, a total of 659 employers hired a young person with the summer job voucher, and 26% of them hired more than one young person.
The summer job voucher allowed us to hire our first summer employee.Mark, Y4 Works
Terms and conditions
- A person hired with the summer job voucher must work at least 60 hours in total.
- The minimum number of working hours per week is 18.
- The young person’s gross pay must be at least EUR 400 for 60 working hours. The sum includes holiday compensation. In addition to this, the employer will pay normal employer’s contributions.
- The employer can also hire the young person for more than 60 hours. In this case, the employer must pay the summer employee at least the minimum pay specified in the industry’s collective agreement for the hours that exceed 60 hours.
- The employment period can be either consecutive or consist of several shorter periods during the validity period of the summer job voucher (1 June–13 August 2021).
- If they wish, employers can also hire several young people with the summer job voucher during the summer.
The City recommends that the employer bases the employee’s pay on the industry’s collective agreement and expects the employer to follow the principles of the Responsible Summer Job 2021 campaign, for example, by making a written employment contract (download a contract template) and providing the employee with a written work certificate (download a work certificate templaate).
Returning the summer job voucher
- The young person must give the summer job voucher form to the employer.
- Once the employment period is over, the employer must fill out the original summer job voucher form carefully and send it to the City of Helsinki Youth Services by 31 October 2021, at the latest. The attachments required are a pay statement and a written employment contract.
- The employer will send an invoice (VAT 0%) to the City, preferably as an e-invoice.
- The reimbursement for the summer job voucher (EUR 325) will be paid into the employer’s bank account after verification.
Please note! The reimbursement WILL NOT be paid if the summer job voucher is not returned by the date specified, there are attachments missing, or the conditions of the summer job voucher have not been met (for example, the minimum working hours have not been fulfilled or the pay has been too low).
The summer job voucher must be returned by post to:
City of Helsinki, Culture and Leisure Division
Youth Services / Summer Job Voucher
PO Box 51400, 00099 City of Helsinki
or as a scanned document with its attachments to:
E-invoicing address (preferred delivery method)
The summer job voucher will be reimbursed to the employer after the employer has sent an invoice (VAT 0%), preferably by e-invoice, once the employment has ended.
E-invoicing address / EDI identifier: 003702012566293
Operator: BasWare Oyj
Operator identifier: BAWCF122
Invoice reference: Kesäseteli 2021
Invoice message/description: IDs of vouchers invoiced
Young people as employees
Provisions on the employment of young people under the age of 18 are laid down in the Young Workers’ Act and Decree. The employer must see to it that the work carried out by the young person does not require more exertion than can be considered reasonable with respect to the young person’s age and strength. The employer must always direct and offer orientation to young employees with special care.
Young employees’ working time must not exceed nine hours within a 24-hour period or 48 hours per week. For young persons aged 15 or older, the work must take place between 6:00 and 22:00. A person under the age of 18 must be provided with a weekly rest period of at least 38 consecutive hours. Young Workers’ Act