For employers

The Summer Job Voucher encourages companies to offer jobs to young people, strengthens young people’s skills needed in working life, and offers positive experiences of working life.

The Summer Job Voucher is a shared project of young people, entrepreneurs and the City of Helsinki. The City of Helsinki will provide a reimbursement of EUR 350 to each employer who with the Summer Job Voucher employs a young person entitled to the Summer Job Voucher between 1 June and 15 August 2024. The minimum requirements for the summer job are a total working time of 60 hours and a salary of EUR 500.

The employer must have a Finnish business ID. The company’s information will be verified from the tax debt register. The employer cannot be a private individual, a municipality or the government.

The feedback from employers regarding the young summer employees and the voucher system has been overwhelmingly positive over the years.

The Summer Job Voucher allowed us to hire our first summer employee.

Mark, Y4 Works

Terms and conditions

  • A person hired with the Summer Job Voucher must work at least 60 hours in total.
  • The recommended minimum number of working hours per week is 18.
  • The young person’s gross pay must be at least EUR 500 for 60 working hours. The sum includes holiday compensation. In addition to this, the employer will pay normal employer’s contributions. NOTE! The age of the employed has an impact on the employer´s contributions. Here you can calculate the contributions (only in Swedish and Finnish)
  • The employer can also hire the young person for more than 60 hours. In this case, the employer must pay the summer employee at least the minimum pay specified in the industry’s collective agreement for the hours that exceed 60 hours.
  • The employment period can be either consecutive or consist of several shorter periods during the validity period of the summer job voucher (1 June–15 August 2024).
  • If they wish, employers can also hire several young people with the summer job voucher during the summer.

The City recommends that the employer bases the employee’s pay on the industry’s collective agreement and expects the employer to follow the principles of the Responsible Summer Job 2023 campaign, for example, by making a written employment contract (download a contract template) and providing the employee with a written work certificate (download a work certificate template).

In 2023, the summer voucher will be returned electronically

  1. The young employee can give the Summer Job Voucher form number or just forward the emailed voucher to their employer.
  2. When the employment has ended, the employer must fill the electronic form carefully. The Business Information System provides most of the employer’s information. Other information needed for example contact person, account information and attachments (payslips, contract of employment) will be added to the system 31.11.2024 the latest for the Helsinki city youth services. Payslip and written contract of the employment are mandatory as attachments. Summer Job Voucher will be returned electronically in the year 2024.
  3. After confirmation, the money from the Summer Job Voucher (350 euros) will be paid to the employer’s bank account. Note! If the Summer Job Voucher is not returned by the deadline, if the required attachments are missing or the terms to be eligible for the Summer Job Voucher are not reached (example- if the minimum hours are not filled or the pay has not been fully paid to the young employee), the voucher compensation will NOT be paid.

More information
Tel. 040 485 7713

Young people as employees

Provisions on the employment of young people under the age of 18 are laid down in the Young Workers’ Act and Decree. The employer must see to it that the work carried out by the young person does not require more exertion than can be considered reasonable with respect to the young person’s age and strength. The employer must always direct and offer orientation to young employees with special care.

Young employees’ working time must not exceed nine hours within a 24-hour period or 48 hours per week. For young persons aged 15 or older, the work must take place between 6:00 and 22:00. A person under the age of 18 must be provided with a weekly rest period of at least 38 consecutive hours. Young Workers’ Act