The most important statutes and rules regulating the activities in the labour market are the Constitution of Estonia, Conventions of International Organization of Labour, Employment Contracts Act,  Collective Agreements Act, Trade Unions Act and several enactments of the Government and Ministries of Estonia.

Remuneration and wages in Estonia

The average wage in Estonia in 2016 (gross wage in Q2 2016) was EUR 1,163 and it has increased 7.6% compared to Q2 2015 (source information: Statistics Estonia). From 01.01.2016 the monthly minimum wage for full-time work is EUR 430 (2015: 390) and the minimum hourly wage is EUR 2.54 (2015: 2.34). From 01.01.2017 the monthly minimum wage for full-time work is EUR 470 and the minimum hourly wage is EUR 2.78. The wages must be paid at least once a month.

Payment for overtime

Additional remuneration per hour of overtime paid to an employee shall not be less than 50% of the rate of the hourly wage. Work during holidays may be compensated either by offering time off or by extra remuneration of at least 50% of the wage rate. Work on public holidays is required to be compensated at a double rate.

Additional information about:

Labour legislation

Working time and vacation

Finding suitable staff