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Where are the available workers?

The largest groups among those registered as unemployed in the third quarter were skilled workers and craftsmen (21%), unskilled workers (20%) and service and sales workers (18%).

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During the second quarter of 2016, the Unemployment Insurance Fund posted 16 163 different job vacancies. According to Statistics Estonia figures, there were 11 000 vacancies in total in the third quarter of 2016. The highest number of vacancies could be seen in the areas of administrative, support, and other service activities.

The number of vacancies posted by the Unemployment Insurance Fund in Estonia as at 5 July 2017: 4777. 
Positions most frequently offered:

  • Service and sales workers
  • Elementary occupations
  • Craft and related trades workers
  • Plant and machine operators, and assemblers
  • Professionals

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Short overview of the labour market:

Estonia has one of the best performing labor markets in the EU. Activity and employment rates are above the EU average and rising. At the same time, the unemployment rate (including the long-term and youth unemployment rate) and the number of people not in education, employment or training (NEET) rate are below the EU average and continue to decrease. For high-skilled workers, unemployment was as low as 5.3 % in Q3-2016. Recently, the rising activity rate among the elderly has helped to boost labor supply. However, as the ‘Work Ability’ reform aims to entice retirees back to the labor market (see below), the workforce is expected to grow faster than employment over the coming years.

According to data from Statistics Estonia, there were 653 000 people in the workforce aged between 15 and 74 in the third quarter of 2016, with an employment rate of 66.5%. In the same period, the number of unemployed was 53 000 and the unemployment rate was 7.5%. 

The workforce participation rate (share of the workforce) of 15-74-year-olds increased by 1 percentage point in comparison with the third quarter of the previous year, meaning that nearly 9 000 people entered the labor market.The biggest increase has been in the rate of people aged between 15 and 24 entering the employment market – around 3, 000 young people have done so. 

At the end of December 2016, the lowest number of people between 16 and retirement age registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund as unemployed were in the counties of Harjumaa (3.2%) and Tartumaa (3.3%). The highest registered were in the counties of Ida-Virumaa (10.3%) and Valgamaa (8%).

Country Report Estonia 2017 - European Commission - Europa EU 
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Hot jobs:

Top 10 of the most required occupations in Estonia

1.    Elementary occupations    (ISCO 9)
2.    Sales workers    (ISCO 52)
3.    Clerical support workers    (ISCO 4)
4.    Service and sales workers    (ISCO 5)
5.    Plant and machine operators and assemblers    (ISCO 8)
6.    Hairdressers, beauticians and related workers    (ISCO 514)
7.    Heavy truck and lorry drivers    (ISCO 8332)
8.    Technicians and associate professionals    (ISCO 3)
9.    Manufacturing labourers    (ISCO 932)
10.  Other teaching professionals    (ISCO 235)

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