The healthcare and social services personnel and some support service employees currently employed by municipalities and joint municipal authorities will be transferred to the employment of the counties in line with the principles relating to a transfer of undertakings. In addition, approximately 5,000 employees will be transferred to the counties from the state regional government.

As a result, a total of 220,000 employees will be transferred to the employment of the counties. In this context, a transfer of undertakings translates as a transfer of operational duties from a municipality or a joint municipal authority to another employer in such a way that it does not affect the nature of the transferred duties.The municipalities’ and joint municipal authorities’ health and social services personnel will be transferred to the service of the counties and the counties’ service utilities.

With regard to the municipalities’ joint support services, an employee will be transferred to the service of the counties or the counties’ service utilities if at least half of the individual’s present duties are devoted to a municipality’s health and social services.  

Local government officeholder, employment and civil servant collective bargaining legislation will also be applied to employees in the future, and its scope will be extended so that it also applies to the employees of the counties.

Local Government Employers KT will also act as the counties’ employer representative in the future. The name of the employer organisation will be changed to Local Government and County Employers KT. 

The counties and the county service utilities will become members of the Local Government Pensions Institution (Keva). Keva will be responsible for the pension security of the counties’ and county service utilities’ personnel (see Pensions). Companies of the counties may choose whether to join the local government pension scheme as well as local government and county collective bargaining agreements.

Principles of managing change and of personnel policy in regional government reform

Principles of managing change and of personnel policy were laid down for the regional government reform by the working group planning personnel transfers from central government. The project group on the reform of county government has approved the principles. The principles were laid down from the point of view of central government personnel. Further information:


Tuomas Pöysti, Project Manager, Under-Secretary of State, tel. +358 295 163 012
Juha Sarkio, Director General, Ministry of Finance, tel. +358 295 530 031