Social Science Professionals
Yhteiskunta-alan korkeakoulutetut ry
Social Science Professionals (Yhteiskunta-alan korkeakoulutetut ry) is a labour market organisation for employees, graduates and students in public or private sector or NGOs. The association is an affiliate of the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland (Akava). A typical training background for members is a university degree in political or social science, administration, humanities or pedagogics. Our membership already exceeds 12 000, and the number of members is rising steadily.
The association safeguards its members’ professional, financial, educational and social interests on the labour market. The association also aims to promote appreciation for the professions represented by its members and the professional identity of its members.
Some 40 per cent of the association’s members are employed by the state and universities, 20 per cent are employed by municipalities, and 40 per cent are employed by companies and other organisations in the private sector.
Members must have a lower or higher university degree or be studying for such a degree.
Become a member by filling out the electronic application form. Your membership will begin on the date on which we receive the application unless you enter a later date on the form. If you are an employee, your membership of Erityiskoulutettujen työttömyyskassa, ERKO (the Unemployment Fund for the Specially Trained) will start on the same date as your membership of association.
The association offers members a wide range of services and membership benefits:
Safeguarding of interests - working towards improving members’ salaries and terms of employment
- Employment relationship advice from lawyers and experts
- Versatile insurance policies
- Earnings-related unemployment allowance
- Research findings on the labour market
- Career management advice
- Seminars, training
- Travel and holiday benefits
Membership fees in 2019
The membership fee for employed members is € 27,75/month (€ 333 per year) and for members studying for a basic university degree it is about € 2,3/month (€ 28 per year). If a student member wishes to accumulate earnings-related unemployment allowance, the membership fees are € 100 per year (working for 1-4 months) and € 150 per year (working for 5-11 months).
You will be eligible for reduced membership fees if you have not been gainfully employed for at least three months. The application form can be filled out online (at the moment only in Finnish).
Update your details
It is important that you let us know of any changes to your address, employment situation or study situation. This enables us to focus our safeguarding of interests and services efficiently.
The updating of e-mail addresses is also important so that we may reach you for information provision purposes.
Information about working in Finland
If you have any questions about membership, please contact us by sending an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 010 231 0350.
If you need legal advice, please contact our lawyers email@example.com.