Work and Enterprise in Oulu
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Find a job in Oulu
You can contact employers directly, keep an eye on advertisements in newspapers and look for jobs online on websites that provide employment services. You can find links to vacancies by entering ”avoimet työpaikat” into the text field of a search website. Many web pages for jobs allow you to fill in and send a job application and to enclose your CV. Vacancies posted to the TE office can be found on the website of TE Services. You can also download a job search (Työpaikkahaku) mobile application that will submit all vacancies posted to TE services to your phone.
As a result of the nationwide municipal experiment of employment, jobseekers were served, besides the TE offices, also in the employment services of the cities. Employment and business services of the city of Oulu are available from BusinessAsema, Hallituskatu 36. Customers are also served remotely, online and by phone. See more: businessasema.com
The jobseeker clients of the city of Oulu are unemployed jobseekers, employed jobseekers and jobseekers in employment-promoting services, whose place of residence is Oulu and who
• do not meet the conditions for receiving earnings allowance or
• are under 30 years old, immigrants or persons who speak a foreign language (other than Finnish, Swedish or Saami) as their 1st language.
Other customers are served at the TE office.
North Ostrobothnia TE Office (Pohjois-Pohjanmaan TE-toimisto) serves all jobseekers online, by telephone and at six service points. More detailed information on services provided by the TE Office is available on the office's website.
A national TE telephone service provides information, guidance and advice on TE services and support for using online services. The service is available Mon–Fri from 9:00 am – 4:15 pm.
Service in Finnish: 0295 025 500
Service in Swedish: 0295 025 510
Service in English: 0295 020 713
Service in Russian: 0295 020 715
Oulu Employment and Economic Development Office (Oulun työ- ja elinkeinopalvelut)
Employment opportunities for young people
When looking for a job, you can get help and advice from the national employment and business office. You can also get help from Byström's youth information and counseling service.
Workshops for young people
Workshops for young people offer various work and apprenticeship opportunities for young people between the age of 17 and 24 who live in Oulu. The purpose of workshops is to help young people get started in their career, promote employment and find study opportunities. Workshops are intended for young people who do not have vocational training, or young people who have vocational training but no work experience.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and EmploymentVacanciesLink redirects to another website
Starting a business
BusinessOulu provides information on starting a business in the Oulu region. New Enterprise Agency (Uusyrityskeskus) is a guidance service for new and newly established companies. The advice service is free of charge and it is also available in English.
Read more Starting a business
City of OuluStart-up process for foreign entrepreneursLink redirects to another website
In Finland, tax must be paid for all income and you must have a tax card. The Oulu Tax Office is located in the same building as the Oulu Employment and Economic Development Office (Oulun työ- ja elinkeinotoimisto) at:
Northern Finland Tax Office (Pohjois-Suomen verotoimisto)
Switchboard 029 512 000
Further information Taxation
If you become unemployed
If you become unemployed or are laid off, register as a job seeker as soon as possible.
You can register as a job seeker in advance before unemployment or layoff begins, but do it on your first day of unemployment at the latest, because you can only receive unemployment insurance from the date of registration.
You can register as a job seeker in the Oma asiointi online service. If you do not have an online banking ID, a mobile certificate or a chip ID card or you are not a citizen of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you can register as a job seeker at the TE services’ telephone service or at the TE office location.
• TE services’ Oma asiointi
Employment and Economic Development Office (Työ- ja elinkeinopalvelut)
If you are unemployed and you are applying for basic unemployment allowance or labour market subsidy, you can visit a Kela office.
Citizens of an EU member state and an EEA member state can register as a jobseeker using the TE services' online service under 'Asioi verkossa'. If you cannot register as a jobseeker online, fill in the Form for jobseekers registering with the Employment and Economic Development Office and take the signed form personally to a TE Office. You can also call national service numbers, if you need assistance with using the online services or information on TE services.
It is no longer necessary to visit a TE Office personally, as the TE Office will contact you. You can visit a TE Office without an appointment when you want to use self-service terminals or if you cannot get started with job hunting online.
Further information If you become unemployed
Kela pays national pension, guarantee pension and survivors' pension to persons who reside in Finland. The main source of pension to employees is earnings-related pension, which is paid by authorised pension providers.
If the amount of earnings-related pension is small, it can be supplemented by national pension. Earnings-related pension is paid by authorised pension providers.
You can find information on pension and applying for pension on the InfoFinland page at Pension.
You can also apply for many of Kela's benefits online.
Further information: Pension