Kindergarten teacher Anu Vartia looked after children at the Rööperi Kindergarten in Punavuori, Helsinki, on Wednesday. The City of Helsinki spends tens of millions of euros a year on services provided by temporary employment agencies to guarantee the availability of municipal services. While the city relies annually on the services of up to 150 groups of professionals, the recruitment of temporary doctors and nurses especially puts a burden on its coffers.

Seure Henkilöstöpalvelut, a venture owned jointly by the municipalities in the capital region and the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, is a a particularly important service-provider.

“We especially offer professionals in manual skills, such as nurses, kindergarten teachers, cleaning persons and kitchen staff,” says Anne Sivula, the managing director at Seure.

Seure operates on a non-profit principle to ensure that the municipalities have access to staffing services for a reasonable price. Annually, it provides employment to nearly ten thousand people for periods varying from a couple of days to nearly a year.

“We exist for the purpose of ensuring that municipal services are available every day,” Sivula explains.

Jyri Hänninen – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Heidi Piiroinen / HS