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
2 Estonians killed working on high voltage power line in Sweden
Two workers from Estonia were killed in a work related accident in Sweden on Monday when they began replacing a high voltage power line without making sure that power had been switched off and were hit with 30,000 volts of power.
State salary different by region
Work of public servants is worth up to 16 percent more in Tallinn and Harju County than it is elsewhere in Estonia, the salary scale of the state support services center reveals.
27.10.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Two men die in grain elevator accident in Tartu
On Friday morning three workers were trapped in grain in an elevator of the grain processing company Tartu Mill in Estonia's second-largest city of Tartu as a result of which two men died.
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 ReimerPM
Tiit Kuuli: state's best security guarantee is economic wellbeing
During his long career, construction company Oma Ehitaja chairman Tiit Kuuli has not been in media too often but now the post presents a responsibility. He remains modest however and says that in a representative body with 15 professional associations and 15 top managers featured, the role of an individual must not be exaggerated.
07.03.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
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
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
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
Number of central government employees grows by 1,000 in 2014
While the number of public sector workers in Estonia dropped from 138,000 to 137,000 in Estonia last year, the number of workers of the central government grew from 55,000 to 56,000.
Foreign students flipping burgers
While at universities or preparing to enroll, youth in Estonia from abroad are willing to do the simple and less paid jobs. Though vacancies abound, they find it unexpectedly complex.
25.05.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Two killed in mining accident in NE Estonia
Two workers were killed in an accident in the Estonia mine in northeastern Estonia Thursday night.
Firms hard pressed to find specialists
Skilled workers are of short supply for almost all industrial undertakings, and it’s getting worse. Several specific specialties just aren’t taught in Estonia’s vocational schools and the enterprises have to do the training on the spot. But even to find a man fit to train is hard.
14.08.2014, Liina LaanemetsPM
Entrepreneurs esteem the loyalty of disabled staff
By the current salary system, the disabled aren’t motivated to work, says Mare Enniste, personnel manager in building company Seve – one to hire the deaf.
06.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
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 sunny side of worker shortage
Let us, in simple terms, explain the heading. Work shortage spells sufferings for people without jobs, and their families – and for those with jobs, helping the unemployed is extra burden. Worker shortage, at least in our current situation, means Estonian economy is doing rather fine and various solutions exist for the problem.
Coming to Estonia: shortage of unskilled workers
So far, the talk in Estonia has mainly centred on lack of specialists, and the need to import them; now, the situation with cheap labour force is getting increasingly critical. In the field of tourism, peak months have become so painful that the entrepreneurs think it’s high time to consider import of unskilled foreigners. The option has been addressed at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MEAC).
03.02.2014, Kadri Inselberg