What will the year 2017 bring us? From broken teeth to fishing
What will the year 2017 bring us? Besides increased excises, the coming year will bring Estonia’s residents new subsidies – for example, it is likely that more people will visit dentists in 2017, because a small compensation will be paid to adults as well. Postimees reviews the most significant law amendments.
30.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Dirty secret of Estonia’s building sites
The number of violations related to the recruitment of foreign labour has increased steeply, because some Estonian construction firms have discovered a new source of wealth – Ukrainians willing to build houses in Estonia for a few hundred euros per month while living in ascetic conditions.
20.12.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Cheap Ukrainian workforce free to enter Estonia via Poland
Of foreign workers registered in Poland, about 80 percent are Ukrainians. But Poland has unemployment too and no work for all who come. Therefore, several Polish companies have focused on mediating workers to elsewhere in Europe.
04.08.2016, Greete PalgiPM
VKG restarts production allowing Kohtla-Järve to renovate schools
A major employer in Ida-Viru County, VKG aka Viru Keemia Grupp said it would restart its oil plants and has begun to recruit people laid off half a year ago.
08.07.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
The disabled are upset at being forced to work
For those troubled in health, work capacity reform has meant change at which some rejoice and others are saddened. What seems to feel the worst is the attitude in some officials that they are nothing but lazy.
14.06.2016, Heilika LeinusPM
Editorial: Ida-Viru County needs a vision for the future
Ida-Virumaa and its largest city Narva of nearly 60,000 inhabitants has been rather prominent in local and international media these past few years. predominantly, this has been because of the 2014 events in Ukraine: many a Western journalist has been seeking for another Donbas and Crimea both in Narva and the Latvian region of Latgale. Even so, the Daugavpils and Narva reality has proven otherwise, and one may understand the displeasure in locals regarding such focus.
Editorial: it always hurts to not be needed
Layoffs are never pain free. Not even when realizing the forced situation of the employer. Not even when the labour market situation points to other options. With dozens and hundreds getting the notice at one sweep, the public rightfully asks why. Whoever works in a related field, will naturally be asking some questions...
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 Reimer, RiiaPM
Work capacity reform stage two: old sick leave system to go
Think-tank Praxis suggests people might work while on sick leave. Also, analysts say employees might think about compensation stretched from five days to 30.
14.01.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Former Estonian Air employees receive redundancy benefits worth EUR 607,000
The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund has paid out 607,000 euros worth of redundancy benefits to 129 former employees of Estonian Air.
Weekend ahead smells like shopping spree brewing
Rapid wage rise and prices long level or even lowered have served to feed consuming boom for another year and in high likelihood the weekend to come features frenzied spending in malls and open air Christmas markets.
17.12.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
National Audit Office dissatisfied with governmental efforts to develop economy
The chronic ills of Estonian economy have been overshadowed by positiveness of macroeconomic indicators but haven't gone anywhere, Auditor General Alar Karis writes in annual report.
24.11.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
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?
SEB: Estonia hit by housing price bubble
Estonians may enjoy consuming boom till entrepreneurs are able to produce ever more effectively, lift wages and keep unemployment rise in check, says SEB chief Allan Parik, who thinks that while sailing on thin ice in this crisis-smelling world, Estonian businessmen stand on secure foundations and have thus far managed to react correctly to changes in economic environment. Domestic consumption remains solid, unemployment is low, and entrepreneurs are showing strong competitiveness on the weak external markets. No near term solution is to be expected t the differences with Russia, and therefore it makes no sense inserting deals with them into business plans.
06.08.2015, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Pray for Nitrofert to resurrect. Again
This year, Kohtla-Järve missed its celebrated Chemists Day, a joy of the whole town. The chemists of Nitrofert the fertilizer maker, waiting for their lay-offs announced, think back to the glory days of folks bringing the families and having lots of fun.
24.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: Ida-Virumaa in need of increased attention
In Kohtla-Järve, the fertilizer maker Nitrofert lays off all its 426 workers. Unemployment Insurance Fund says the redundant will be advised and assisted, and that the region has vacancies enough. So it's too bad... but not overly so.
Editorial: let all hands work
About every working-age individual in Estonia has encountered problems psychic and behavioural. In 2013, over 51,000 people purchased some prescription medicine to counter that. For more than 30,000 with such issues, work capacity has been partially or totally lost.
Südantlõhestav video: töötuks jäänud «Top Geari» staar peletab igavust flööti mängides
Pärast Jeremy Clarksoni vallandamist töötuks jäänud «Top Geari» staar James May avas Youtube'is konto JM's Unemployment Tube.
28.03.2015, Elu24 huumorinurkPM
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
Estonia's registered unemployment climbs to 4.9 pct in February
The number of people registered as unemployed in Estonia was 30,919 in February, who made up 4.9 percent of the country's working-age population, the Unemployment Insurance Fund reported on Tuesday.
Registered unemployment rises to 4.3 pct in December
In December compared to November the number of registered unemployed in Estonia increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.3 percent of the working-age population.
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 Reimer, RiiaPM
Unemployment rate totals 7.5 pct in Q3
In the third quarter of 2014 unemployed persons numbered 51,000 in Estonia and unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.
Unemployment decreased in the 2nd quarter
According to Statistics Estonia, unemployed persons numbered 47,000 and the unemployment rate was 6.9% in the 2nd quarter of 2014. Employment increased compared to the 1st quarter, but decreased compared to the same quarter of the previous year. This shows that Estonia is gradually facing the consequences of declining labour force.
Work capacity reform delayed
Yesterday, Riigikogu social commission received amendments to work capacity reform bill by coalition MPs whereby the latter desire to raise the income level triggering cuts to work capacity benefits and to postpone entry into force of the law by half a year till January 1st 2016.
12.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
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
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.
Editorial: bursting the hope bubble
Ministry of Finances has cut this year’s economic growth forecast for Estonia. Instead of the 3.6 per cent growth predicted in September, the ministry now expects a growth of 2.0 per cent. Behind the changes, there lay the shrinking expectations regarding export partners.
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
Olli Rehn: in crisis, we also protected the weakest of society
EU economy and finance chief, the Finn Olli Rehn (51), relates how the outgoing European Commission succeeded, against all odds, to avoid insolvency of European states, which – among other things – would have been devastating to those on social welfare and people on public payrolls.
24.03.2014, Argo IdeonPM
Future growth hooked to banking union
Stalling banking reform undermines competitiveness of eurozone banks and postpones acceleration of economic growth.
24.03.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Unemployment increased slightly at the end of the year
According to Statistics Estonia, unemployed persons numbered 59,000 and the unemployment rate was 8.7% in the 4th quarter of 2013. Although the annual average unemployment rate was lower than in 2012, the decline of unemployment has slowed down.
In the 3rd quarter unemployment stabilised
According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate was 8.0% in the 3rd quarter of 2013. The number of the long-term unemployed decreased remarkably.
Employers wanted to cut unemployment insurance premium to 1.95 pct
The Estonian Employers Confederation originally wanted the unemployment insurance premium to be reduced to 1.95 percent next year, compared with the proposal made by the Unemployment Insurance Fund's supervisory board on Tuesday to cut it to 2.1 percent.
Young lawyers face case of unemployment
Jobs are scarce for newcomers, at law offices. State-financed legal aid, however, repels with lowly wages.
16.08.2013, Enn TossoPM
Drop in Estonia jobless numbers exceeds predictions - Swedbank
Commenting on quarterly jobs data released on Wednesday, Swedbank said that while unemployment dropping to the level of December 2008 exceeded its forecasts, such a big growth in employment came at the expense of productivity.
Unemployment drops to 10.2 pct in Q2
In the second quarter of 2013 the estimated number of unemployed persons dropped to 57,000 and the unemployment rate declined to 8.1 percent, Statistics Estonia said on Wednesday.
Registered unemployment drops to 5.3 pct in July
The number of registered unemployed in Estonia continued decreasing for the fifth consecutive month in July and at the end of the month 34,767 people or 5.3 percent of the workforce from age 16 to retirement age were officially registered as out of work, data of the Unemployment Insurance Fund show.
Education no guarantee of female employment
Estonia’s highly educated unemployed include large numbers of people with degrees in economics – a subject taught to many more than needed on labour market.
30.07.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
ECB: decelerating economic growth slowed employment growth
Data from the Statistics Estonia labour force survey show that employment rate increased in the first quarter of 2013 to 60.8%, meaning that in the first quarter of 2013 the number of people employed was 1.4% higher than a year earlier. However the Statistics Estonia survey is based on population figures that are not adjusted for migration, meaning they may overstate the figures for the employed and the unemployed, though the ratios of the employment and unemployment rate are not significantly affected.
15.05.2013, Natalja Viilmann Eesti Pank, Economics and Research Dept.PM
In the 1st quarter youth unemployment increased
According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate was 10.2% in the 1st quarter of 2013. The unemployment decreased compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year but increased compared to the previous quarter. The unemployment of young people aged 15–24 increased more rapidly.
Registered unemployment drops to 6.4 pct in April
The number of registered jobless in Estonia decreased for the second consecutive month in April, with 41,800 persons or 6.4 percent of the workforce from age 16 to retirement age registered as out of work with the Unemployment Insurance Fund at the end of the month.
Estonian analysts expect unemployment to decline further in 2013
Analysts expect unemployment in Estonia to continue declining this year similarly to the fourth quarter of 2012 but at a slower pace.
Unemployment decreased last year
According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate was 10.2% in 2012 and 9.3% in the 4th quarter. Unemployment decreased compared to the previous year and the 4th quarter of the previous year. Long-term unemployment also decreased.
Estonia's registered jobless rate climbs to 6.5 pct in January
Altogether 42,776 persons, 6.5 percent of the workforce from age 16 to retirement age, were registered as out of work with the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund at the end of January.