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
Editorial: the ominous okay to pay in envelope
Should shadow economy grow (including the envelope wages) we'd take a step away from the Nordics with which we have gotten used to comparing ourselves.
Envelope wages increasingly in among country youngsters
Estonian tax system has lost close to 40,000 young people who do not pay taxes and are therefore not entitled to so-called free healthcare, according to Estonian Institute of Economic Research report published yesterday.
02.06.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Local leaders carry differing price tags
Though in eyes of law all local governmental leaders share the same tasks, councils price their jobs very differently. Not always is this linked to wealth of the region or size of population. Estonia's highest mayoral salary is thrice the lowest. With parish elders, the difference is six-fold.
03.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonian union has ship seized by court for unpaid wages
Acting upon a request from the Estonian Seamen's Independent Union (EMSA), the Tallinn-based Harju county court has impounded the ship Symphony of Green Shipping OU over the shipper's debt of more than 53,000 euros in unpaid wages to the crew since October 2015.
Coaches see salaries soar... by entire euro!
In the fall, culture minister Indrek Saar said the children and youth coaches getting state support to salaries would see the fund thereof boosted by ten percent. Afterwards, it rose to 13.5 percent. Oh the joy in coaches as, with the small wages, every euro helps.
27.01.2016, Peep PahvPM
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
Meet the state-paid writers
Wages from state budget will go to writers Maarja Kangro, Indrek Koff, Mihkel Mutt, Jürgen Rooste and Tõnu Õnnepalu. «A rather representative selection, both by genre and by age,» observed Estonian Writers' Union head Karl Martin Sinijärv.
09.12.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
126 artists and authors eye the public payroll
The last day of November was deadline to apply for writer/artist state salary. The applications had to be filed to relevant professional associations.
02.12.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
Come January, €805.86 to drop monthly into state paid authors accounts
Culture ministry has proclaimed a pilot project of paying trust-based monthly wages to five writers and five artists.
03.11.2015, Hendrik AllaPM
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
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
Estonian unions, employers fail to reach accord on minimum pay
No agreement was concluded at Monday's round of negotiations between the Estonian Employers Confederation and the EAKL trade union confederation on the size of the minimum wage for the next two years and the talks will continue in two weeks' time.
Editorial: the wage gap – a problem for all
Yesterday, we had equal pay day in Estonia. Celebrated in quite a few nations, the date varies. In Europe, Estonia is the last in line – 111 days from beginning of year. This is the very number of days that the ladies must work extra, yearly, in order to earn as much as the gentlemen.
Minimum wagers to get extra €900 per year
At least in terms of financial support, the incoming government leans towards the poor and families with kids. This, say social workers, will ease the tens of thousands barely making it payday to payday.
09.04.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
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.
Doctors demand better pay
Collective agreement talks between medical workers and Hospitals Association are getting tough as the association deems demands by doctors to be Utopian.
01.09.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
In the 2nd quarter, average monthly gross wages exceeded 1,000 euros
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 2nd quarter of 2014, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 1,023 euros and increased 4.8% compared to the 2nd quarter of the previous year.
Wages for youth cease to skyrocket
At the start of the millennium, young highly educated men in their early 30ies topped the Estonian salary charts. Over the past decade, the best-earning bunch has been ageing by about a year per year, says Mare Loos in her Master’s thesis recently defended at economy faculty University of Tartu.
27.06.2014, Kadri InselbergPM
In 2013 the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 949 euros
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2013, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 949 euros and the average hourly gross wages and salaries were 5.73 euros. Compared to 2012, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased 7.0% and the average hourly gross wages and salaries increased 7.3%.
Average monthly and hourly gross wages increased in all economic activities
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2014, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 966 euros and the average hourly gross wages and salaries were 6.02 euros. Compared to the 1st quarter of 2013, the average monthly gross wages and salaries increased 7.3% and the average hourly gross wages and salaries increased 6.9%.
Illegal wages recipient percentage persistent
Estonian Institute of Economic Research (EKI) says 11 percent of employees interviewed received «envelope wages» last year. In 2012 the percentage was 12.
Wage rise accelerates five quarters running
Statistical Office says 2013 third quarter gross wages averaged €930, an 8.8 per cent increase year-on-year. Gross hourly wage rose 7.1 per cent to €5.58.
27.11.2013, Liisu ArumäePM
Law & Order wages to get another lift
Next year, 4,100 Police and Border Guard Board employees will get a raise – over 75 per cent of officialdom thereof. According to interior minister Ken-Marti Vaher, the new salaries system will better reflect work load and specific character of regions. «First and foremost, we desire to raise basic wages for police officers with lower incomes and those with higher degree of job-related risk,» explained the minister.
Raise or no raise, clerk and waitress hit the road
Enterprises are hard pressed to find fresh staff: students are busy enough at universities and job seekers are lured away by bigger money offered abroad.
11.11.2013, Hanneli RudiPM
State tops get wage rise
Highest wage rate applied to President and Prime Minister. Starting New Year, both will be making €5,200 a month.
16.10.2013, Karin KangroPM
Editorial: the need to demist money wagon windows
How will the (growth part) of state budget be split, next year? Are we really debating, publicly, things really vital and worthy of debate? As it is, PR advisors of coalition and opposition alike seem to be directing discussions towards tempting yet nonessential or self-evident ruts. And, sadly, journalists have taken the bait.
Government gearing up for wage rise
Next year’s state budget is supposed to see a €400m increase. Should such figures stand, wage rise would amount to ten per cent of budget volume. Even so, the deal is not finalised as yet. According to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, discussions are the heated kind. As long as all is not agreed, nothing is agreed, says the PM.
13.09.2013, Liina ValdrePM
Survey: 18 pct of Estonians ready to accept cash in hand wages
Fully 18 percent of Estonians would be prepared to cheat the state and receive a bigger part of their wages as cash in hand, it appears from a survey by the recruitment portal CV Keskus.
Estonian employees' wage expectations growing faster than pay - survey
Wage-growth expectations of employees in Estonia are increasing 50 percent faster than wages and salaries and twice as fast as employers' pay offers, it appears from a study by the recruitment portal CV Keskus.
Workers expect faster pay rise as prices have been rising long - Estonian union body
The rise in average wages and salaries in the first quarter of 2013 can be seen as satisfactory but the expectations of employees are higher because price increases have been cumulating over a long period of time, said the president of the Estonian Trade Union Confederation (EAKL), Peep Peterson.
Estonian analysts differ about short-term nominal wage growth outlook
Analysts of Estonian banks hold different opinions about nominal wage growth in the near term - while SEB Pank and Swedbank experts predict continued growth of around 7 percent analysts of LHV Pank and Nordea believe growth will slow down in coming quarters.
In the 1st quarter the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 900 euros
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2013, the average monthly gross wages and salaries were 900 euros and the average hourly gross wages and salaries were 5.63 euros. Compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year, the average monthly gross wages and salaries grew 6.3% and the average hourly gross wages and salaries 9.1%.
Pay rises planned by 70 pct of Estonian execs - survey
Some 70 percent of Estonian executives intend to raise wages this year and 11 percent are planning a pay increase of more than 5 percent, it appears from a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.