Solita’s first company-specific collective agreement was drawn up together with the employees and interest organisations in the spring 2023 and it entered into force on 1 August 2023. The various aspects of the agreement were refined in working groups which included employees from Solita’s different competence and operation areas. Before its customised company-specific agreement, Solita has followed the terms of the collective agreement for the IT service sector.
“The well-being of our employees is important to us all – the company’s success entirely depends on them. It was clear from the very beginning that the company-specific collective agreement would be drafted together with Solita’s employees. In our collective agreement, we have wanted to take into account flexibility for changing situations in life and the diversity of family communities,” says Timo Honko, executive vice president for Solita Finland.
Pioneer of a more humane working life
Solita has continued its profitable growth for more than 25 years and is known as a stable, human-oriented employer. Job satisfaction, which the company surveys regularly, is high: the results rank in the top 5% among European technology companies (source: Peakon).
“Our community has been a family-oriented workplace and our benefits have been competitive even in the past, which is evidenced by good job satisfaction and the constantly growing number of new employees and job applications. We want to be a pioneer in how an employer can support different life situations and different families, for example. I am glad that we found more viewpoints in the negotiations for reconciling family and work, as well as supporting adoptive parenthood, the gender reassignment process and infertility treatments,” says Terhi Jaakonsaari, HR director, Solita Finland.
According to Shop Steward Sanu Hellsten, the negotiations took place with a great team spirit and the parties are satisfied with the outcome. Solita’s recent collective agreement has several improvements compared to the nationwide collective agreement in the IT service sector. Among others, Solita offers 36 days of paid parental leave for both parents in the future, and the benefit also covers adoptive parents. In addition, an adoptive parent is offered a 40-day paid adoption leave corresponding to the paid leave of a birthing parent during pregnancy.
Other benefits that Solita has already offered in the past, and that are valued by its employees, include an opportunity for all new employees to take a holiday, extensive mental well-being services and hobby clubs, the ability to be on sick leave for the first four days without a doctor’s note, and annual salary discussions with each employee personally.
Solita, which has turned international in recent years, now employs approximately 1,700 experts in software development, data analytics and artificial intelligence, cloud and integration services as well as consulting in six countries. In Finland, Solita has offices in nine locations: Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Lahti, Jyväskylä, Pori, Kuopio and Joensuu. In addition, the company has remote work contract employees in different parts of Finland.
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Terhi Jaakonsaari, HR Director, +358 44 339 8629, [email protected]
Timo Honko, Executive Vice President for Finland, +358 40 545 4878, [email protected]
Shop Steward, Sanu Hellsten, +358 50 428 2199, [email protected]