Employment at the University of Jyväskylä is based on employment contracts which are always made in writing and signed by the employer and the employee. An employment relationship may be permanent or temporary (fixed-term) depending on the position and need.

An employment contract states the agreed terms for employment:

  • working hours (full-time, part-time)
  • salary information
  • a trial period
  • the term of notice
  • the work location

Since all employment is highly regulated in Finland and several laws and regulations affect the terms and conditions of employment, the actual employment contract is normally only one page long.

The following acts affect employment in Finland:

In addition to laws and regulations affecting the employment, there is also a general collective agreement for Universities negotiated between the trade unions of employer and workers. The collective agreement specifies the determination of pay and other terms and conditions of employment. In general, the terms of the collective agreement are more favourable to the employee than common legislation. The employment contract specifies which terms are applied from the collective agreement instead of general legislation.

In addition to legislation and the collective agreement, the University’s regulations and policies will be applied to all employees of the University of Jyväskylä.