In period-based work (jaksotyö) the working hours vary from day to day but are arranged so that in a three-week or a six-week period the total hours worked correspond to the working hours agreed in the employment contract. If you work is period-based, all weeks that are included in a three- or six-week period during which the average working time is at least 18 hours per week, can be counted as working weeks.
Reduced income due to an illness
Weeks are not included in the work requirement for a period for which you have received
• partial sickness allowance from Kela or
• reduced salary du to an illness (e.g. 2/3 salary)
If your employer receives a pay subsidy from TE Office for employing you, only 75 % of your working weeks will be included in the work requirement. This means that to fulfil the 26 week work requirement, you need to work in employment with pay subsity for at least 35 calendar weeks. If your employment wiht pay subsity has been arrenged due to statutory employment obligation (i.e your are at least 60 years old when your employment starts), all working weeks will be included in the work requirement.
Working time bank
Working hours that has been saved to a working time bank, are not included in the work requirement. Instead, if you have taken time off based on time saved in a working time bank, the free-time is icluded in the work requirement in the same way as paid vacation.
Working as a teacher
If your work as a teacher in a educational institution, working weeks are included in the work requirement if you work at least 8 hours per week.
Working in a family business
If you work in a business owned by your spouse, but you do not own any part of the business yourself, you are considered to be an empoyee (and not a entrepreneur). However, the work requirement is only fulfilled when you work at least 52 weeks (instead of the normal 26 weeks). The normal 26 weeks work requirement and the 52 weeks work requirement for work done in a family business, cannot be added together. The work requirement must threfore be met either in normal paid employment (26 weeks) or working in a family business (52 weeks).