Specia – The Experts and Managerial Professionals Association

Specia is a trade union that represents the interests of people who work in specialist and supervisory positions in administration, business life and other organizations. We promote good labour relations as well as our members’ professional and educational rights. Specia is an affiliate of Akava Special Branches and the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals, Akava. We have over 7000 members.

Specia member services at your disposal!

Specia offers services to support wellbeing and motivation in working life. Our services are the same and of the same value to all of our members. As a member, you also get to participate in activities offered by Akava Special Branches.

Members also get counselling related to employment relationships and hiring, support for career planning and help for job-seeking. In addition, you get different insurances and, of course, our unemployment fund. You can find further information about our services here.

Check out the minimum salary recommendation for holders of Master and Bachelor degrees in arts, history, literature and cultural subjects!

Specia members are entitled to several benefits and services, including the following:

Legal consultation Unemployment benefit | Career and Job Hunting Services | Training | Salary counselling | Advice about family law and inheritance matters | Insurance | Grants

In matters related to the unemployment fund, the unemployment fund Erko is at your disposal.

Develop your expertise and take care of your wellbeing at work!

As a member of Specia, you also get a EUR 150 annual training allowance for developing your expertise. The training allowance can be used, for example, to pay for different training opportunities and courses!

Helti’s Mielilinja is a service for you wellbeing, where you can discuss your life situation, worries and mental well-being with mental health experts. The aim of the service is to support coping, identify potential risk factors and strengthen one’s own resources to support coping. You can call the Helti’s MieliLinja on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm. You will first talk to Helti’s for a situation mapping and a brief support discussion. You will then be able to make an appointment electronically for the remote reception of the expert best suited to your situation. MieliLinja will serve you on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm on 020 147 0739

At SpeciaHub, located together with our office, our members are welcome to work remotely or rent the space for their own use. For more information, contact toimisto@specia.fi

Remember to also make use of the Member+ service available to all Akava members. In addition, you can order a free Akava calendar from the address toimisto@specia.fi

For Students

As a student member you’ll get all the same services! Feel free to contact us if you come across any questions regarding the membership or need advice on how to create a magnificent CV, job application or LinkedIn profile!

Educational Scientists and Employment -guide

This guide offers you topical information about the employment and pay of educational scientists as well as support for job seeking and development of expertise during studies.

Student membership fee: €6/month

If you are a full-time degree student, you pay the student’s membership fee regardless of whether you do paid work alongside your studies.

New membership fee categories as of January 1, 2022

Information on the change in membership fees

Membership fee: €29/month

If you are in paid employment, you pay a fixed membership fee regardless of the amount of your salary or holiday bonuses, overtime payments and benefits in kind received during the year.

Reduced membership fee: if you are in part-time (60% or less) employment, you can apply for a discount on your membership fee. The reduced membership fee is €16 per month.

The membership fee for those receiving earnings-related unemployment allowance from the unemployment fund is €23 per month

If you do not have any earned income but receive earnings-related unemployment allowance from the unemployment fund. The amount of the membership fee is the same regardless of the amount of the unemployment allowance. If you receive allowance from the fund, you pay the membership fee yourself in the future.

Minimum membership fee: €8/month

You pay the minimum membership fee if you are not in paid employment or do not receive an allowance from the Erko Fund/other unemployment fund.

The minimum membership fee applies in the following situations, for example:

  • you are on family leave (NB! If your employer pays the salary for the first three months of maternity leave, the normal membership fee will be paid for those months.)
  • you receive grants
  • you receive adult education allowance
  • you are on unpaid sick leave
  • you receive rehabilitation support
  • you receive a benefit for caring for close relatives
  • you are unemployed or laid off and receive a benefit from Kela
  • you are working abroad (and not a posted worker)

Freelancer with an employment contract: €8/month

Student membership fee: €6/month

If you are a full-time degree student, you pay the student’s membership fee regardless of whether you do paid work alongside your studies.

Pensioner’s membership fee: €8/month

Membership fee for the individual professional or entrepreneur: €10/month

If you are in military or civilian service or an honorary member, you are exempt from the membership fee

Paying membership fees

Your membership fee will be automatically set up on the new invoice based on the information in the member register. The invoice will be sent to your email in early 2022. Please ensure that your membership information is up-to-date. Please update your information on the members’ online platform as soon as possible.

The monthly amount in 2022 thus remains the same and the amount of the payment does not need to be calculated separately based on a salary receipt. As before, you can pay the membership fee in the Akava Special Branches online platform or in your own online bank based on the payment details you have received. You can also continue to authorise the employer to collect the membership fee directly from your salary.

If your employer has previously been collecting the membership fee from your salary, you do not need to do anything yourself. However, it is beneficial to verify from the first pay slip of the year that the membership fee has been paid correctly.

Please note! If you are, for example, a student, a trainee or another temporary employee, your automatic employer’s collection will end on 31 December 2021. You will receive a membership fee invoice for 2022 from us at the beginning of the year. You can ask for advice on continuing the employer’s collection from the Membership Officials of Akava Special Branches.

Please note that the membership in your unemployment fund is also included in your membership fee if you have indicated in your membership information that you have joined the fund. By becoming a member of the fund, you can receive an earnings-related unemployment benefit.

We are actively developing ways to pay the membership fee, and we are working hard to make e-invoices available during 2022.

For queries on the practicalities of paying the membership fee:

Membership Officials of Akava Special Branches

+358 800 135 370 (toll free)

Telephone services are available from Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. From the beginning of 2022 our telephone services are available longer, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Be sure to include your full name and member number or date of birth in the message.

You will receive your membership invoice in your email in January or February.

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