Es­to­nia wishes to at­tract 500 for­eign ICT spe­cial­ists in 2018

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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.

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