State preparing to support hiring refugees
While officials have so far been of the mind that special measures will not be necessary to help refugees find work and that beneficiaries of international protection need to be treated the same as any unemployed person in Estonia, it is now believed additional support is needed.
10.05.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Corruption suspects still employed
The North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH), that has found itself involved in two corruption scandals in the past six months, still employs three executives whom the prosecution associates with criminal offenses.
23.01.2017, Risto BerendsonPM
Tallinn hires top lawyers to fight laid-off mom
Having laid off a mother, a first, Tallinn City Office hired two sworn lawyers of Aivar Pilv Law Office for labour dispute committee with court case in view if needed.
11.04.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: the ugliness of fighting a mother of toddler
The battle launched by Tallinn city government against a mother of child aged 1.5 is altogether amoral by nature. Especially by keeping the law given to protect mothers expectant and with small children, any branch of public administration must set an example to the rest of employers.
He worked for years at other end of Estonia. Never knew it
Leonid Mihhailov used to work at a car repair shop, as self employed person and paying all his due taxes, writes Den za Dnyom. In 2014, he broke his leg and was on sick leave for two months. Having no income and thus unable to send in the tax money, he opted to give up current job.
04.04.2016, Margus MihkelsPM
Karin Tammemagi was dismissed from her job
Karin Tammemagi, governor of the borough of North Tallinn, said on Wednesday she was dismissed from her job.
The great Keila layoff: a bang. Then, silence
The smokers «cages» attached to the wiring systems maker PKC provided the only and lonely place, yesterday, for those painfully laid off to come talk to reporters.
12.02.2016, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: the importance of landing softly
The so-called golden handshakes and soft landings for long serving (executive) employees are often depicted in a negative context. Actually, what such customs or unwritten rules in working relationships really show is maturity of an organisation. In the sense of organisational culture, holding veteran employees in honour reflects values which are desired to be shown to those on the outside. Such organisations show themselves to be strong. Exactly the same goes for the state and the employer.
Law amendment opens doors for qualified foreign workers
Law amendments entering into force on January 1st 2016 make it easier for employers to bring in highly qualified workforce from abroad.
22.12.2015, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: 34,000 young Estonians busy doing nothing
A glance at the latest statistics seems to say it is all uphill on the labour front. And yet, in National Audit Office yearly report, the arrow this time points to structural labour market problems. Why? Is it justified?
New budget head sees trouble ahead in economy of Estonia
As Estonia's veteran budget watchdog Andrus Säälik assumed post as permanent Estonian adviser at OECD in Paris, his chair in September was filled by Sven Kirsipuu with 18 years at finance ministry under his belt. Tomorrow, state budget undergoes its first reading at Riigikogu. To mark the occasion, we thought we'd ask him how Estonian economy is doing?
19.10.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Taxman takes ax to «acting OÜ»
Tax Board id targeting the enterprises which pretend to offer services while actually working for other business for wages.
13.10.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Work capacity reforms sets quota for hiring the handicapped
To be launched next year, work capacity reform aims to better involve people with special needs and of reduced work capacity on labour market. The new law prescribes 1,000 people with reduced work capacity to be working in public sector by 2020.
01.10.2015, Marian VõsumetsPM
Sutter says «use electricity in the night»
Consumers should watch the hourly electricity price as exchange fluctuations may cut price ten times lower, advises Eesti Energia CEO Hando Sutter.
11.08.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Stronger stick, sweeter carrot, and urge to merge
At the moment, Estonia sports 213 local governments. By our 100th Anniversary, they should be three times less. The conditions for survival of some and extinction of others are being feverishly forged.
16.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
Working in Finland: homecoming considered with wage rise or when retired
An ethnology Master's student at University of Tartu, Keiu Telve studied perceptions of Estonian men working in Finland regarding the commuting, and its impact on their financial behaviour and relations at home.
15.07.2015, Kristi KarroPM
Allowing doctors from abroad stirs emotions
A social ministry plan to ease rules for allowing foreign physicians to work in Estonia has encountered fierce resistance by professional associations who fear worsening of health care quality.
27.03.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Unemployment fund head: employers should boost attractiveness
For several years running, disarray is order of the day at Estonian labour market – on the one hand, entrepreneurs converged in Tallinn and Harju County lack labourers; on the other, in several rural regions joblessness remains an issue.
19.03.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Simple step by government would halt lay-off of hundreds
Despite the breathtakingly plunging price of oil, VKG (Viru Keemia Grupp) would this very Monday call all its laid off staff back to their posts – if government only allowed the company to mine its entire needed oil shale.
09.01.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Editorial: dagger at oil industry throat
Yesterday, we saw crude hitting record lows again, the Brent benchmark doing a below $52 plunge. Top to bottom, this makes for roughly half price oil. The impact reaches farther than Russia’s budget or employment at Norwegian rigs. While, broadly speaking, the cheaper fuels are a blessing for Estonian and European economies, Ida-Viru County oil industry and oil shale mining face prompt problems.
«Estonia 2020» vision begs extra guts
Five years ago, Estonia set itself a goal-of-decade to improve competitiveness. Half way, the aims have largely been reached while the weightiest – raising labour productivity to 80 of EU average – may remain a dream without radical steps taken.
07.01.2015, Oliver KundPM
September tax receipts up almost 10 pct on year at EUR 453.5 mln
In September 453.5 million euros of tax money was paid into Estonia's state budget, 9.8 percent more than in the same month last year.
Reform rush results in governmental quarrel
Two weeks ago, social ministry priced assessment of work capacity at €250 per person. Now, it’s €50 and €100.
10.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Migrant workers bless Estonia with hundreds of millions of euros
At an Eesti Pank seminar last week, a central bank economist Orsolya Soosaar said free movement of workers strategy was aimed at achieving maximally inclusive economic growth, boost overall employment, and enhance use of the existing labour force.
16.05.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Unemployment and employment both decreased in the 1st quarter
According to Statistics Estonia, unemployed persons numbered 57,000 and the unemployment rate was 8.5% in the 1st quarter of 2014. The number of both the unemployed and the employed decreased. For the first time since 2010, the number of unemployed persons decreased compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
Ukraine not reckoned in Estonian economic forecast
Probably, the freshly cut 2014 economic forecast by finance ministry is still too optimistic.
08.04.2014, Liina ValdrePM
Jobs in Russia lifeline for folks in Narva
How many exactly work in Russia, from Narva, nobody knows. Hundreds, presumably. Still, this they consider a temporary solution, preferring to work in Estonia. For years, however, employment has evaded them in own home town.
28.03.2014, Irina TokarevaPM
Rejecting the sewing machine, Estonians embrace computers
In 2004, Estonia joined the European Union. Boosted by EU aid, our economic indicators started to even up with these of wealthy states. Over the ten years, a lot has changed in the Estonian life. What, then, has been the impact on economic structure? As attested by Statistical Office labour force studies: though more and more Estonians move from workbenches to office tables, the major employing sectors of economy remain the same.
27.03.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
Editorial: the peace of being happy
Next to those now working abroad and folks drawn to major hubs inside of Estonia to find employment, there are the 30,000 others who do some significant commuting from place to place. On occasions, job and home are half a hundred miles apart.
Economic indicators in decline
In January, Estonian exports shrink by fifth, imports down 15 per cent.
12.03.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonian tax authority to launch employee registry July 2014
The Estonian Tax and Customs Board is planning to launch a database where companies need to register their employees even before they start work in July 2014.
Most young Estonians who are not in education or employment come from low-income families - study
Almost 60 percent of young people in Estonia who are neither employed nor studying live in families from the lowest 25 percent income group, according to a study by the Praxis centre for policy studies, a non-profit think tank.