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Factsheet for case EE-2020-12/387 – measures in Estonia

Temporary job offers portal

Ajutiste tööpakkumiste portaal

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 17 March 2020 – 31 July 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Case created 08 April 2020 (updated 04 January 2021)
Related ERM support instrument

Background information

Due to the emergency situation in Estonia, a share of people have temporarily out of their regular job - whether they cannot work remotely or their employer is temporarily in situation where they cannot ensure work for their employees. At the same time, several companies have increased needs for labour force due to the crisis, for example the volume of orders from food e-stores has massively increased; the volume of production in companies producing personal protective equipment has increased etc.

Content of measure

The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (EUIF) published a specific web page for companies to publish their temporary jobs and for employees to apply for the jobs. This web page brings together persons who temporarily need another job because they are laid off or cannot work in their usual job due to the current restrictions, and companies who temporarily need aditional workforce due to increased need for their services. Through the webpage, employees can contact those companies, ask additional questions and apply for the jobs. The portal was launched on 17 March 2020 and will be closed by 30 July 2020. The service is free of charge to use for all.

Use of measure

By the beginning of April 2020, more than 40 companies had published their job offers on the webpage, it increased to 63 by the middle of June. By the middle of June 2020, nearly 28,000 unique visits were made to the webpage and nearly 100,000 views of specific jobs or employers were made. 23.5% of visitors have visited the webpage more than once.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The peak-level social partners are in the government board of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (EUIF) and are thus informed about the changes planned by the EUIF.

Views and reactions

Not available.


  • 17 March 2020: The Unemployment Insurance Fund opened a temporary jobs webpage (Töötukassa avas ajutiste tööde keskkonna) (


Eurofound (2020), Temporary job offers portal, case EE-2020-12/387 (measures in Estonia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.