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What documents do I need to work in this country?

If you have been granted temporary protection and a residence permit, you are subject to the same conditions as local workers. Working is possible under a number of types of contracts. The best protections are granted by an employment contract. The contract must be signed, but only if you agree to its terms!

The contract will set out: your working time and rest time; your wage and payday; your working conditions; your job duties. Your employer must instruct and train you on how to do the job safely.

Estonia has a minimum wage. This means that your employer must pay you at least 3.86 (gross) euros per hour or 654 (gross) euros per month in 2022. As a rule, the wage is paid into a bank account, which you can open free of charge in major Estonian banks.

In Estonia, full-time work is 40 hours a week and generally the working day is 8 hours. You can also work part-time. Working longer than agreed means working overtime. Overtime work is remunerated with free time or 1.5 times the wage.

Where can I search for a job?

To find a job, you can register as unemployed at the nearest office of the Unemployment Insurance Fund mceclip0.png , phone 15501 (669 6513). To register as unemployed, bring an identity document and a residence permit decision.


While you are looking for a job, you will be paid unemployment allowance if you have worked for at least 180 days in the 12 months before registering as unemployed (including working in Ukraine), raised a child under 8, studied full-time, or engaged in other similar activities. The unemployment allowance amounts to 292 euros per month and can be received for up to nine months. The allowance will not be paid if you have other income in excess of 292 euros per month.
Job offers for people arriving from Ukraine are available here mceclip0.png and the website of the Unemployment Insurance Fund mceclip0.png .

In Estonia, 7,000 vacancies are available for Ukrainian refugees, offered by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Among Ukrainian refugees with temporary protection, the most common profession is a cleaner, and for those with residence permits, the most popular profession is a welder.

The average salary in Estonia varies between 1,600 euros per month.

Are there any services available to help me find a job?

It is possible to browse various categories of job offers in English and a separate selection of job offers of companies encouraging Ukrainian refugees to apply here.

Other popular internet recruitment websites in Estonia:
- cvkeskus.ee mceclip0.png
- cv.ee/en mceclip0.png
- linkedin.com/jobs mceclip0.png

To find a job, you can register as unemployed at the nearest office of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, phone 15501 (669 6513). To register as unemployed, bring an identity document and a residence permit decision.

While you are looking for a job, you will be paid unemployment allowance if you have worked for at least 180 days in the 12 months before registering as unemployed (including working in Ukraine), raised a child under 8, studied full-time, or engaged in other similar activities. The unemployment allowance amounts to 292 euros per month and can be received for up to nine months. The allowance will not be paid if you have other income in excess of 292 euros per month.

Job offers for people arriving from Ukraine are available here and the website of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Are there any diploma and professional equivalence programs? How and where do I apply?

ะกonsultations in the field of labor relations and environment are available free of charge on the hotline of the Labor Inspectorate 640 6000 on working days from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by e-mail at jurist@ti.ee mceclip0.pngย . The lawyers also answer questions in English.