Estonia is considered the most attractive country in the Baltics for labor migrants from the post-Soviet space. This small country with a population of only 1.3 million people is a member of the European Union, has a stable economy and a relatively high standard of living. For example, working in Tallinn brings an average income of 1,100-1,200 euros after taxes.

Long-term employment will enable you to obtain a residence permit in Estonia, and after 8 years of continuous residence in the country you will be able to apply for an Estonian passport. Of course, to find a job on the local labour market, a foreigner's sphere of activity must be in demand among employers. Let's find out what professions are in demand in Estonia in 2024.


Labor market in Estonia

Unemployment in Estonia does not exceed 8%. In some sectors of the Estonian economy, there is even a certain shortage of highly qualified and unskilled workers. For official employment in Estonia, you have to find a job vacancy in advance, sign an employment contract, obtain a work permit, open a visa and apply for a residence permit.

In rare cases, for example for university teachers, sportsmen, seasonal workers in agriculture and some other professions, there is a simplified procedure for labour migration to Estonia. But usually citizens of the European Union and Estonians should not apply for a job. It is best to look for a job in Tallinn, where over 60 % of open jobs in the country are concentrated.

According to the official information from the Estonian Statistics Office, the minimum wage in Estonia in 2024 is 820 euros per month. The average salary is 1,775 euros per month, and after taxes it is 1,415 euros. Wages in Estonia vary from 1,185 to 1,994 euros per month depending on the region. The highest salaries are in the information and communication sector, about 3,169 euros.

The most demanded professions in Estonia

When looking for a job in Estonia, foreigners should pay attention to the fields of information technology, construction, agriculture and road transport. Most often, truck drivers, IT specialists, medical staff and technical professions are needed. In recent years in Estonia there is a surplus of trade workers and some working specialties.

Important. According to the study of labour force needs conducted by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (EUIF), programmers, cooks and truck drivers will be in the highest demand on the Estonian labour market in the coming years.


1 Drivers
2 Doctors (different directions)
3 Engineers
4 Business and Management Managers
5 Teachers to universities
6 Programmers (different directions)
7 Agricultural workers
8 Builders
9 School teachers
10 Lawyers

Note. Information is based on data from Estonian and international recruitment agencies.

In conclusion, it should be noted that working in Estonia is one of the best options for immigration to the European Union. The country has an acceptable level of medicine, good ecology, low tax rates and quality education system. On the other hand, in recent years, the cost of living in Estonia has increased significantly, not everyone is suited to the weather conditions and mentality of local residents.

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