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Useful information for jobseekers

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and challenging. While it gives you the opportunity to meet new people, a new culture and climate, it is always good to know some basic facts about the country before relocating. This guide covers some basic facts about life in Estonia.

If you are looking for a country without bureaucratic hurdles need look no further than Estonia. Digital public services are fully embedded into the daily lives of individuals and organisations – a fact that has given Estonia the nickname “e-Estonia”. Moreover, it is the first country in the world to offer e-Residency – a solution that has attracted more than 55k+ e-residents.

Country overview

Estonia is one of Europe’s most sparsely populated countries. With a territory roughly matching that of the Netherlands, it is home to only 1.3 million people. Expats love Estonia because it is a fast-developing, technologically advanced and highly progressive society, considered the tech hub of Northern Europe. It is an attractive, clean and safe environment both for living and achieving your next career goals.

1. reasons why international specialists like to live in Estonia
2. introduction to Estonia
3. coming to Estonia - a relocation guide

Job offers

Check out the English-language job offers here. One of the most popular job markets in the tech sector.

  • Platforms for jobseekers – The major websites where jobseekers can introduce themselves to perspective employers are cv.eecvkeskus.ee and tootukassa.ee. All are available in English. goworkabit.com advertises part-time work.

  • Company websites – If you wish to work for a particular employer, we recommend you send your CV directly to them.

According to Statistics Estonia, the plurality of job vacancies are in manufacturing, public administration and defence, education, and human health and social work.

Applying for a job in Estonia usually takes place through the aforementioned job sites. 

Should I include a picture of myself on my CV?
This is up to you. In Estonia, around half of all applicants add a photo to their CV.

Is the Europass CV form accepted?
The Europass CV form is accepted. Other popular interfaces include cv.ee and cvkeskus.ee.

Does my CV need to include my university diploma?
No, diplomas and certificates of competencies must be provided only if an employer requests them specifically.

What is the average time it takes to start a new job after submitting an application?
On averages between one to two months.

What kind of salary can I expect?
According to Statistics Estonia, the average salary in Estonia is 1,404 EUR. You can calculate salary/wage and taxes using this website. 

What are the average salaries in different sectors? 
You can compare the salaries available in different sectors at websites such as www.palgad.ee/en and  www.glassdoor.com/index.htm

Do I need to speak Estonian to get a job?
While some companies prefer Estonian and Russian speakers, others require only fluency in English.

Does the employer reimburse travel expenses to the interview?
If you are invited for an onsite interview, you could perhaps benefit from the Targeted Mobility Schemes coverage of travelling expenses (meeting all requirements). Find out how by getting in touch with yfej@tootukassa.ee.

During the Work in Estonia online fair we will provide useful information about Estonia, such as: 

  • living and working in Estonia

  • how to apply for the job

  • presentation and interviews with employers

  • services for returnees

  • services for foreign nationals willing to come to Estonia

 
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