The number of job vacancies surpassed 10,000 (corrected on 08.09.2021)

Posted on 8. September 2021 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in the second quarter of 2021, there were 10,542 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia. The number increased by 30% year on year. More than 12,000 persons left their jobs on the employer’s initiative.

The figure "The rate of job vacancies by economic activity (%), 2nd quarter, 2020–2021" and the paragraphs marked in red were corrected in the news release on 08.09.2021.

The total number of vacant and occupied posts was 618,314. The economic activities of manufacturing, trade and education had the biggest shares in the total number of posts. The most job vacancies were registered in wholesale and retail trade (1,709), education (1,437) and manufacturing (1,290).

According to Argo Tarkiainen, analyst at Statistics Estonia, vacancies accounted for 1.7% of the total number of posts. “Of all job vacancies, 47% were in the public sector. The rate of job vacancies, which is the share of vacant posts among all posts, was highest in information and communication, followed by financial and insurance activities, and lowest in real estate activities,” said Tarkiainen.

The rate of job vacancies by economic activity (%), 2nd quarter, 2020–2021

Most of the vacant posts were in Harju county (75%), including Tallinn (65%), followed by Ida-Viru (8.3%) and Tartu counties (4.9%). The rate of job vacancies was highest in Ida-Viru and Järva counties and lowest in Põlva and Jõgeva counties.

In the second quarter of this year, 44,327 persons were hired and 53,028 persons left work. Labour turnover (the total number of engaged and left employees), characterising the movement of labour, increased by 9% compared to the second quarter of 2020. “The number of employees hired as well as the number of employees who left their job were highest in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing and construction. Of all the employees who left their job, 12,593 persons, which is 24%, left on the employer’s initiative,” added Tarkiainen.

To estimate the number of occupied posts and labour turnover, Statistics Estonia uses the data of the employment register of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board. The quarterly average number of job vacancies and occupied posts is published as at the end of the month. The main representative of public interest for the statistical activity is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.

See also the website section on wages and salaries and labour costs.


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Kadri Kütt
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Statistics Estonia
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