Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Turku, Tampere, Kuopio, Oulu and Helsinki
Professional Services
Scientific, Architectural And Engineering Technical Activities
Scientific Research And Development
72 - Scientific research and development

184 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 March 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Finnish state owned National Institute for Health and Welfare has initiated employer-employee negotiations aiming to cut up to 200 jobs following budget cuts equal to €10 million for 2017-2018. The director general of the institute has expressed concerns regarding the institute's future ability to conduct its work.

The Finnish government is in total reducing the grants to Finnish universities by €600 million during 2016-2020, leading to redundancies at many of the 14 Finnish universities. The ERM has reported on ongoing and completed employer-employee negotiations at Aalto University,the University of Helsinkithe University of Eastern Finland, Åbo Akademi and Lappeenranta Univeristy of Technology. The redundancies at the National Institute for Health and Welfare is linked to the same budget cuts by the Finnish government.

Update 24/5/2016:Following completed employer-employee negotiations 184 full time jobs will be cut. In total 219 individuals will have to leave the institute, and of these 93 people will be directly dismissed. The trade union for the public and welfare sectors (JHL) are worried for the future of the research institute and they have demanded that the government takes responsibility for the dismissed researchers and that the government evaluates the current funding system for public research and protects public research institutes from further redundancies. 


  • 11 March 2016: HBL.fi
  • 11 March 2016: Company press release
  • 16 May 2016: Svenska YLE


Eurofound (2016), National Institute for Health and Welfare, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 86759, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86759.