The online test in Finnish, Swedish and English examines such aspects as job security, income and employee empowerment. The test analyses the answers given and assesses whether the respondent’s working conditions are better or worse than the national average.
In addition to the overall assessment, the test also provides a point-by-point comparison with other workplaces assessed by ten significant job quality factors.
The online version of the Good Job Barometer is found at testaatyoolosi.fi/en. The test was first published on the SAK website in February 2015.
The Barometer assesses the individual’s view of a workplace
SAK created the Good Job Barometer with a view to improving the world of work. SAK Head of R&D Juha Antila explains that the project seeks to study the quality of working conditions from a wide range of perspectives.
"Although most workplaces in Finland fall somewhere between the extremes, with working conditions that are neither excellent nor atrocious, there is still plenty of scope for doing things differently."
Antila points out that the Good Job Barometer only assesses the individual’s view of a job and workplace, and does not attempt to assess the quality of the workplace as a whole.
"One and the same workplace can include both good and bad jobs. We are talking about the employee’s personal experience."
The Good Job Barometer applies data from the latest SAK working conditions survey, which drew responses from 1,202 members of SAK-affiliated trade union members in spring 2018. The template for the Barometer is the Gute Arbeit index used by the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB).