Your opportunities for finding job in Tartu really depend on what background you have and how flexible you are. The job market is pretty good in IT/startup sector, and there´s also an array of simple minimum-salary jobs. However, if you´re not into working in these two sectors, the perspectives may look somewhat bleak. Please beware that while many newly arriving people, especially students, expect it to be easy to find a job in service sector (eg cafes, catering etc) that will be rather an exception than a rule.

Also, people from several countries might feel that salaries are rather on the low side compared to their home-countries.

Work permits

Citizens of the European Union (EU), as well as the European Economic Area (EEA), do not need a work permit to be legally employed in Estonia. Other nationalities ..

Work time and working culture

In Estonia, the average work week is eight hours a day, five days a week. Working hours vary according to the place. Showing motivation, being punctual and paying attention to details is of the utmost importance, and is the basis for establishing reliability.

How to start the job hunt

Before starting your job hunt, make sure your CV follows the format(s) used in Estonia and be prepared for questions that might arise at an interview. You can start your job search online, but also ask the social network you have in Estonia to spread the word.

Places to check for job at following sites:

Sending a CV most often does not result in answers from employers if you do not follow up on phone. It isn´t personal: sometimes they just get hundreds of them and answering in English might feel like an extra hassle. Showing initiative by phoning up later will be seen as being motivated to take up the work.


Overall, Estonia has a moderate cost of living compared to many other EU countrres. However, salaries in Estonia are quite low, and many locals end up spending all of their salaries on just everyday necessities – housing and food.

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