The highest numbers of job vacancies in education, trade and manufacturing

Posted on 9 December 2021, 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in the third quarter of 2021, there were 11,518 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia. This number increased by a third year on year. More than 8,500 persons left their jobs on the employer’s initiative.

The total number of vacant and occupied posts was 619,665. Manufacturing, trade and education accounted for the biggest shares in the total number of posts. The highest number of job vacancies was registered in education (1,959), followed by wholesale and retail trade (1,754) and manufacturing (1,578).

According to Argo Tarkiainen, analyst at Statistics Estonia, 39% of all vacancies 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, and education. It was lowest in mining and quarrying, and real estate activities,” said Tarkiainen.

The rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 3rd quarter, 2020–2021

Most of the vacant posts were in Harju county (78%), including Tallinn (68%), followed by Tartu county (7.5%) and Pärnu county (3.1%). The rate of job vacancies was highest in Harju and Võru counties and lowest in Põlva and Jõgeva counties. 

In the third quarter of this year, 64,328 persons were hired and 65,041 persons left work. Labour turnover (the total number of engaged and left employees), characterising the movement of labour, increased by 10% compared to the third 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, 8,572 persons, which is 13%, 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.


For further information:

Kadri Kütt
Media Relations Manager

Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9181

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