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Food industry

In September 2022, the average salary of senior salaried employees in the industry was EUR 5,351 according to the statistics of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and, according to YTN’s own salary survey, EUR 5,552 per month in 2022.

In YTN’s own data, the group of senior salaried employees is described by respondents belonging to middle management and expert level, i.e. the data does not contain direct information on the respondents’ personnel group. In YTN’s data, the median salary of all respondents in the food industry in autumn 2022 was EUR 4,970 per month.

The senior salaried employees in the food industry do not have a binding collective labour agreement determining the minimum employment terms.

The terms and conditions of employment 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 joint recommendation from the unions has been issued to the industry on salary adjustments for senior salaried employees in the food industry. Read the recommendations in Finnish: 2023-202420222021 and 2020.

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 created a Food Programme that offers snacks for the growth, self-sufficiency and well-being of the food sector.


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