The food industry is the fourth largest industrial sector in Finland after technology, forest and chemistry. Approximately 33,000 employees work within the industry, and of them approximately 3,500 are senior salaried employees. In September 2017, the average wage of the senior salaried employees was approximately EUR 4,981 according to the statistics of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and approximately 4,814 according to YTN’s own wage survey. The difference is explained by the fact that YTN’s wage survey also included persons working in the assignments of salaried employees.
The senior salaried employees in the food industry do not have a binding collective labour agreement determining the minimum employment terms.
Employments terms are determined by the employment contract and the labour legislation. YTN has agreed with the employer union Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation (ETL) on a recommended Basic agreement for senior salaried employees. A wage increase recommendation was agreed for the industry in 2018, according to which the unions recommend that the wages of senior salaried employees be increased by 1.6 per cent as of 1 April 2018.
The senior salaried employees in the industry work widely in different kinds of expert and management duties within business and general management, sales and marketing, research and development, purchasing, customer interface, quality and design. The largest employers in the industry are: Valio Oy, Apetit Oyj, Raisio Oyj, HKScan Oyj, Atria Oyj, Fazer-konserni, Vaasan Oy, Oy Hartwall Ab, Saarioinen Oy, Oy Gustav Paulig Ab and Oy Sinebrychoff Ab.
Akava has prepared a discussion initiative “Eväitä ruokasektorin kasvuun” where concrete goals are raised for the strengthening of the food industry.