Earlier this week YLE reported that the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation has revealed a cluster within the construction industry operating in the grey market. The Bureau estimated that around 700 people had illegally worked at various construction sites within the Helsinki metropolitan area between 2013-2015. The article has gained significant attention, stimulating conversation around this “dark side” of the construction industry. In my opinion, this issue should be discussed.
Ali Nasiru, who is training to be an electrician, began his career with Bolt last summer. He values the varied nature of the work, and how Bolt cares about its workers. “Bolt is a nice place to work, because on the employer side everyone is really friendly. I recommend Bolt to all my friends”, Ali says.
The temporary staffing sector in Finland too often has a Wild West feel about it, and the treatment of workers can vary a great deal. There are companies where pay is late, and there are mistakes in it – and sometimes they don’t pay at all. For temporary employees, it’s par for the course that today’s job could be in Järvenpää, say, and the following day’s somewhere completely different. The worker is very rarely able to have a say in choosing the next work destination. Another everyday occurrence is uncertainty in general about whether work will continue, and the hassle of making countless calls and adjustments to things. Thankfully there are exceptional companies, and Bolt is one of them. With mobile Bolt service, your working hours are in the system and make it quicker and easier to get paid, and workers are guaranteed to be paid fairly and on time.
Katariina, who works with Bolt, is a real all-round talent. She’s a specialised painter, restorer, designer, and costumer. “When I’m asked what I do for a living, I don’t really know what to answer. My career path has been pretty winding,” Katariina says with a laugh.
Construction worker Ali Soikkeli, from Kuhmo, got a job in Espoo with Bolt in spring of last year. The journey from Kuhmo to Espoo is over 200 kilometres, so the first thing Bolt did was to offer Ali a reasonably priced apartment. “With Bolt this kind of thing is common, but very few temping agencies offer an apartment,” says Soikkeli.