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Summer job recruitment on hold due to coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has caused delays in the City of Helsinki’s popular summer job programme, which normally employs close to 4,000 young people. The need for summer help is now being evaluated on a unit-by-unit basis, and final decisions will not be made until the extent of summer operations in Helsinki becomes clear. 

The Helsinki City Group normally provides thousands of young people with work each summer, and the application period began already back in mid-February. It has now been decided, however, that due to the uncertain, interviews for the positions will continue, but many final decisions will be postponed.

“Due to the prevailing coronavirus situation, we’ve had to push back some of our summer worker interviews and hiring decisions. We are monitoring the situation and will make more detailed information available in late April. The City will let those who have already been selected know if there’ll be any changes to their job description, but everyone who has already been hired will for sure have work,” says the City of Helsinki’s HR director Nina Gros.

Jobs in the popular sports unit of the city’s culture and leisure division are also secure for those applicants who have already been hired. This will help safeguard the city’s ability to reopen or expand closed sports facilities, if possible, as well as provide services that only operate in the summer. Summer workers who have already been hired can be transferred to other sports unit jobs, if certain summer services do not open as normal.

Recruitment of the remaining summer workers will continue only after it becomes clear which seasonal services will take place. City employees who are not fully employed because of the coronavirus outbreak will now be given priority, however, if the skills set they entered in the city’s Skills Bank shows that they are suitable.

Over 17,300 applications for Helsinki City Group summer jobs were submitted last year, with young people between the ages of 16 and 17 accounting for 13,700 of the total. Some 3,980 people were hired, 860 of which were aged 16-17.