Estonia wishes to attract 500 foreign ICT specialists in 2018
Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology voiced government’s plans to attract in 2018 no less than 500 foreigners, specialists in the information and communications technology field, to Estonia.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports citing Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo as stating on Tuesday, September 26, that in line with the action plan for bringing in foreigners, at least 8,000 specialists from other countries will have found work in Estonia by 2020, of whom at least 2,000 top specialists will be working in the ICT field. «We will put significant emphasis on bringing ICT specialists here in the first place. (..) As demand for them is very high, they are exempted from the quota and their pay significantly exceeds the Estonian average, sometimes even many times over,» explained Palo. The minister cited estimates that in 2027 nearly onetenth fewer people will be living in Estonia, which also means 60,000 less employees with the largest shortfall projected to be in this field.