Career opportunities for people with partial work ability

The key project Career opportunities for people with partial work ability seeks solutions to improve the position of persons with partial work ability in the labour market.

Partial work ability must not lead to permanent exclusion from working life

Approximately 1.9 million Finns of working age, i.e. more than a half of our working-age population, suffer from a long-term illness or disability. Some 600,000 of them have estimated that the illness or the disability affects their work or possibilities to find employment.

Every now and then, persons with reduced work ability have to leave their work and remain outside the working life. Disabilities or chronic illnesses can also totally prevent people from entering working life.

New practices for finding employment

The key project consists of eight subprojects. Two of the subprojects include regional pilot projects testing new models intended to support the employment of people with partial work ability and their return to work, to direct them to care and rehabilitation services and to improve their social inclusion.

Planning better services, reducing incentive traps

The objectives of the key project are that the service chains for people with partial work ability will function well and there will be less overlapping activities. That would help people get the help they need at the right time.

Professionals in the service system will receive complementary training in order to be able to effectively and successfully use the means meant to support people with partial work ability.

Reduction of incentive traps relating to disability pension and earned income forms an important part of the key project.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment are nationally responsible for the key project. The National Institute for Health and Welfare THL and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health are coordinating the regional pilot projects.

Career Opportunities for Persons With Partial Work Ability (October 2017)


For more information

Ms Päivi Mattila-Wiro,, tel. +358 295 163 467