Work ability and functioning self-assessment

Published 12.3.2019
Updated 7.5.2020

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Work ability and functioning self-assessment

Sex distribution
Women: 3704 cases 50.9 % of casesMen: 3578 cases 49.1 % of casesWomen 51 %Men 49 %
Age categories
15-19: 359 cases 4.9 % of cases20-29: 2010 cases 27.6 % of cases30-39: 1484 cases 20.4 % of cases40-49: 1395 cases 19.2 % of cases50-59: 1717 cases 23.6 % of cases60-64: 317 cases 4.4 % of cases15-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960-64Age group0500100015002000Number of cases
Self-assessed work-ability
0: 197 cases 2.7 % of cases1: 200 cases 2.7 % of cases2: 366 cases 5.0 % of cases3: 523 cases 7.2 % of cases4: 539 cases 7.4 % of cases5: 894 cases 12.3 % of cases6: 808 cases 11.1 % of cases7: 1166 cases 16.0 % of cases8: 1286 cases 17.7 % of cases9: 770 cases 10.6 % of cases10: 533 cases 7.3 % of cases012345678910Work Ability01002003004005006007008009001,0001,1001,200Number of cases
Self-assessed functioning
0: 12 cases 0.2 % of cases1: 42 cases 0.6 % of cases2: 174 cases 2.4 % of cases3: 387 cases 5.3 % of cases4: 504 cases 6.9 % of cases5: 828 cases 11.4 % of cases6: 804 cases 11.0 % of cases7: 1253 cases 17.2 % of cases8: 1563 cases 21.5 % of cases9: 1013 cases 13.9 % of cases10: 702 cases 9.6 % of cases012345678910Functional Ability02004006008001,0001,2001,400Number of cases
Life satisfaction
050010001500200025003000Very satisfiedVery satisfied: 767 cases 10.5 % of casesFairly satisfiedFairly satisfied: 3215 cases 44.1 % of casesNeither satisfied nor unsatisfiedNeither satisfied nor unsatisfied: 2169 cases 29.8 % of casesFairly unsatisfiedFairly unsatisfied: 931 cases 12.8 % of casesVery unsatisfiedVery unsatisfied: 200 cases 2.7 % of casesNumber of casesLife satisfaction
Self-assessed health
0500100015002000GoodGood: 1133 cases 15.6 % of casesFairly goodFairly good: 2013 cases 27.6 % of casesAverageAverage: 2475 cases 34.0 % of casesFairly poorFairly poor: 1397 cases 19.2 % of casesPoorPoor: 264 cases 3.6 % of casesNumber of casesHealth
Self-assessed functioning versus Self-assessed work ability
3 cases1 cases1 cases2 cases1 cases1 cases3 cases10 cases8 cases3 cases3 cases5 cases2 cases4 cases2 cases4 cases1 cases8 cases6 cases268 cases10 cases8 cases13 cases42 cases28 cases55 cases111 cases153 cases32 cases34 cases4 cases32 cases26 cases10 cases8 cases9 cases4 cases12 cases3 cases37 cases37 cases5 cases77 cases109 cases37 cases34 cases19 cases16 cases11 cases5 cases19 cases33 cases6 cases66 cases106 cases101 cases81 cases33 cases29 cases21 cases9 cases24 cases24 cases13 cases57 cases108 cases135 cases224 cases104 cases79 cases42 cases18 cases17 cases21 cases19 cases38 cases59 cases87 cases149 cases215 cases130 cases52 cases17 cases13 cases16 cases33 cases34 cases46 cases81 cases187 cases196 cases396 cases196 cases55 cases22 cases10 cases72 cases29 cases38 cases58 cases119 cases154 cases332 cases546 cases183 cases12 cases10 cases110 cases19 cases16 cases14 cases46 cases47 cases121 cases291 cases327 cases012345678910012345678910Functional AbilityWork Ability

Self-assessment of work ability and functional capacity makes it possible to monitor the situation of Finns’ working life capabilities, strengths and targets for development. The self-assessment of work ability and functional capacity takes place using the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s Abilitator method. Continuously updated data facilitates observing and analysing changes in the resources and capabilities.


The data includes 7,282 randomly picked responses to the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s Abilitator survey. The collection of the data began in 2014 and it still continues. The openly available data has been made more imprecise and random variation has been added to it. The respondents are users of public services aimed at those in a challenging labour market position. Therefore, the data is not representative of the situation of Finns in general.

What the indicators describe

In addition to man or woman, the respondent may have specified other as their gender or declined to respond. There are rather few “other” responses, so the data for these persons has been omitted to secure privacy. Once sufficient data has been obtained, their responses will also be presented. Age was asked about at an accuracy of a year.

Perceived work ability was asked about on an 11-point scale. 0 means that the respondent is not at all capable for work. 10 means that the respondent’s work ability is at its peak. For perceived functional capacity, the respondent was asked to assess how well they cope with daily actions and tasks on an 11-point scale. 0 means that the respondents perceives that they cope very poorly. 10 means that the respondents perceives that they cope very well. Satisfaction with life and perceived health were asked about on a five-step scale.

The connection between perceived functional capacity (horizontal axis) and perceived work ability (vertical axis) is drawn on a thermal chart. Perceived work ability improves as perceived general functional capacity improves. The colour of an individual cell indicates how many responses fall in the cell. The colour shifts from pale yellow (few respondents) via green to dark blue (lots of respondents).

The data is updated several times a year.

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Contact information

Miia Wikström

+358 30 474 2164

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