Frequently asked questions
Summer job seekers ask:
I’m in 9th grade, when will I receive the summer job voucher?
The summer job vouchers will be delivered to schools in February, and the schools will distribute the vouchers to the 9th graders during February. Please ask your school first – you may have been away when the vouchers were distributed..
I haven’t received a summer job voucher. I’m a 9th grader from Helsinki, but I don’t go to school in Helsinki.
You can pick up your summer job voucher from Ohjaamo at Fredrikinkatu 48, close to Kamppi metro station. Please get your address information and a statement that you are in the 9th grade from Wilma or similar. This way, we can see that you are a 9th grader from Helsinki. If you cannot get information from Wilma, you can use your school-leaving certificate or similar to prove you were in the 9th grade.
I moved to Helsinki and I’m in the 9th grade – can I get a summer job voucher?
If you have moved recently, you can request a residence certificate from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Those recorded as living in Helsinki as of 1 June will receive a voucher. More information here
I’ve lost my summer job voucher, what do I do?
Please try looking for it. If you cannot find the voucher, please ask your school first. Schools may receive some extra vouchers.
I won’t be using my summer job voucher. Can I use it next year or give it to a friend?
No, you cannot. The summer job voucher is personal and will only be valid for this summer.
I’ve found a summer job, and I’ll be starting soon. What should I remember?
Remember your bank account number and tax card. Have you signed a written employment contract with the employer?
When will I receive the EUR 325?
The City will pay your employer EUR 325, but the employer will pay you EUR 400 when you work for 60 hours.
Where can I find summer jobs?
The website of the summer job voucher includes advertisements for summer jobs. Please also ask about jobs from people you know and companies. Don’t forget to mention you have a summer job voucher. You can also see the jobs in the Responsible Summer Job campaign
Many employers offer password-protected application forms online. You can save your information on these forms and use them to apply for another job with the same employer.
You can also get tips for searching for summer jobs from recruitment events and similar. We will announce events on the summer job voucher’s Facebook page.
My parents own a restaurant, can I work for them for the summer?
You can, as long as they have a Finnish business ID and their tax payments are up-to-date.
I didn’t get the summer job I was promised. I showed up at the workplace and they told me that there’s no work.
I feel like something is not quite right at the workplace, what do I do?
The free Summer Job Helpline will be available from May 2021 onwards. They can instruct you if you are having problems with your summer job. The helpline also provides information about the rights and responsibilities of employees: www.kesaduunari.fi
I got a summer job and signed a contract, but now the job has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If an employment contact has already been signed, the employer can only terminate the employment due to financial or production-related reasons or reasons related to the employee by following the period of notice. The actual start date of the job is not relevant. The coronavirus pandemic does not change these basic rules.
According to the temporary legislation that entered into force in April 2020, temporary employees (such as summer employees) can also be laid off.
I haven’t signed an employment contract, but I was promised a summer job.
If an employment contract has not been signed, the employer can cancel the summer job without any termination or lay-off procedures. In this case, the applicant unfortunately has no other choice but to search for a new summer job.
Can I work nights or evenings?
You can work in the evening, but not at night. The regular working hours of a young person aged 15 or older cannot exceed 8 hours a day or 40 days a week. The work shifts can only take place between 6:00 and 22:00.
I haven’t received a work certificate.
Please request it again. The employer is obligated to provide a work certificate after the employment has ended, if the employee so requests.
I’ll work longer than 60 hours. Will I get more money?
For the working hours exceeding 60 hours, you must receive at least the minimum pay specified in the industry’s collective agreement.
I’m a private entrepreneur. Can I hire a young person with the summer job voucher?
Companies, associations, foundations and parishes can all hire a young person with the summer job voucher. 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.
I’d like to hire a young person for a longer period with the summer job voucher.
The employer can also hire young people 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 also consist of several shorter periods during the validity period of the summer job voucher (1 June–13 August 2021).
Can I hire my own child with the summer job voucher?
You can hire your child. Your relationship to the employee is not relevant as long as the other conditions of the summer job voucher are met (see the section above).
Can I hire several young people?
If they wish, employers can also hire several young people with the summer job voucher during the summer. You can hire as many young people as you wish, as long as the other conditions of the summer job voucher are met (see the section above).
What is the pay of EUR 400 based on?
The current sum for the summer job voucher is based on the ‘learn about working life and earn’ (Tutustu työelämään ja tienaa, TTT) model. The TTT model is intended for students in grades 7–10 and general upper secondary school. In addition to the recommendation of the trade unions, use of the TTT model requires that the employers’ and employees’ unions of the industry in question have agreed on using the model. In the TTT model, each industry negotiates on and defines its own agreements regarding summer jobs.