The number of job vacancies remains above 13,000

Posted on 5 September 2022, 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in the second quarter of 2022, there were 13,334 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia. This is 26% more than in the same quarter of 2021. Approximately 5,000 people left their jobs at the initiative of the employer.

The total number of vacant and occupied posts was 637,657. The largest share of these posts were in manufacturing, trade, and education. The number of job vacancies was the highest in wholesale and retail trade (2,422), education (1,837), and manufacturing (1,705).

Argo Tarkiainen, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that vacant posts accounted for 2.1% of the total number of posts in the second quarter of this year. 35% of all job vacancies were in the public sector. “The rate of job vacancies was the highest in public administration and financial and insurance activities, and the lowest in mining and quarrying,” he added.

The rate of job vacancies by economic activity, 2nd quarter, 2021–2022

Most of the vacant posts were in Harju county (80%), including Tallinn city (72%), followed by Tartu county (5.0%) and Pärnu county (3.3%). The rate of job vacancies was the highest in Harju and Viljandi counties and the lowest in Jõgeva and Tartu counties.

In the second quarter, 61,834 persons were hired and 53,515 people left their job. Labour flows are characterised by labour turnover (the total number of engaged employees and employees who left) which was up 18% compared with the second quarter of 2021. “The number of new hires and the number of employees who left their job were both the highest in wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, and administrative and support service activities. 5,070 employees left their job at the initiative of the employer, which accounted for 9% of all the employees who left work,” noted 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 dedicated section on wages and salaries and labour costs.


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Helen Maria Raadik
Media Relations Manager
Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9191

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