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 monthly gross wage in Estonia in 2018 was EUR 1310 (+7.3% compared to previous year), in 2017 the average gross wage was EUR 1221. In Q1 of 2019 the average gross wage was EUR 1341 (source information: Statistics Estonia).

From 01.01.2020 the monthly minimum wage for full-time work is EUR 584 (2019: 540; 2018: 500; 2017: 470; 2016: 430; 2015: 390) and the minimum hourly wage is EUR 3.48 (2019: 3.21; 2018: 2.97; 2017: 2.78; 2016: 2.54; 2015: 2.34). 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