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Working in Estonia

Estonians enjoy a very high GDP and per capita income indicating a healthy economy that is still growing. The country is known for its maximum use of digital systems and electronic products and is welcoming to new technologies. Tourism sector in the country is also flourishing. All this translates to new job opportunities.

There is a shortage of skills that the local workforce cannot fill, especially in the new technologies and this opens employment opportunities for foreign nationals. The fast expanding tourism sector also offers potential. Even though the use of English is increasing, language is still the biggest barrier in these jobs. There are a number of international corporations based in Estonia, and they frequently hire English speaking foreigners.

To work in Estonia, most non-EU and EEA citizens will need a visa and a work permit. EU and EEA citizens do not need either, but have to apply for residence permit if they plan to stay more than three months.

Estonians follow a work schedule similar to that of UK, working eight hours a day, five days a week. Annual leave is usually 28 days. The individual tax is deducted according to a flat rate system of 22%. Work environment is usually formal, with greetings being rather reserved and soft. Estonian society is very punctual and tardiness is a sign of disrespect.

Until recently casual work was not common in Estonia, but with increasing tourism this trend is fast changing. Short term summer jobs are on the rise due to the increased need for foreign speaking workers. There is also a growing demand for ski instructors and TEFL teachers.

 

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