“I am extremely happy that our members trust us and the membership of our community is growing. That is the best recognition of our meaningful work, whether it be our events, services, labour market activities or making a difference in society,” says CEO of the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK Jari Jokinen.
“I am also pleased to see that last year more than 5 000 new students became our members.”
The fourth-largest affiliate is the Finnish Business School Graduates (Ekonomit) with 58,232 members, the fifth is the Union of Professional Business Graduates in Finland TRAL (Tradenomit) with 31,937 members, the sixth is the Finnish Medical Association (Lääkäriliitto) with 29,261 members, the seventh is the Union of Professional Social Workers (Talentia) with 25,740 members, the eighth is Akava Special Branches with 25,231 members, the ninth is Sales and Marketing Professionals (MMA) with 16,831 members, and the tenth is the Union of Professionals in Natural, Environmental and Forestry Sciences Loimu with 16,567 members.
The highest relative growth was seen in Akavan sairaanhoitajat ja Taja ry. The Union of Professional Engineers in Finland gained the highest number of new members.
The total number of members of Akava affiliates at the start of 2023 was 616,000, which is an increase of 1,200 members from the previous year.
The number of paying members increased by 177 and the number of student members by 3,393.
Altogether 54 per cent of Akava members work in the private sector, 23 per cent in municipalities and 9 per cent in the wellbeing services counties, which started operating at the start of the year.
A total of 10 per cent work for the state and one per cent for church parishes. Three per cent of Akava members work as self-employed professionals.
The Akava affiliates have altogether 121,308 student members who are studying at universities and universities of applied sciences.
The Board of Akava confirmed the number of affiliate members on 28 February 2023.