Survey: Estonia slightly more appealing to foreign workers than other Baltics

Estonian national flag flying on the Tall Hermann tower in Tallinn. Postimees/Scanpix
12/18/2014 10:12 AM
Category: Society

An international survey on global talent mobility and employment preferences ranks Estonia above its Baltic cousins for talent appeal.

The US continues to be the country with highest appeal to foreign workers, with 42 percent of respondents saying it is one of the countries they would consider moving to. It is followed by the UK (37 percent), Canada (35 percent), Germany (33 percent) and Switzerland (29 percent). Of the cities, London, New York and Paris are seen as most appealing.

Estonia ranks 67th, beating both Lithuania (82) and Latvia (88).

About a third of job seekers who consider relocating to Estonia, are from Finland, less from Lithuania (14 percent) and Ukraine (9 percent).

Twenty-three percent of foreign workers would like to work in manufacturing, 14 percent in the service and another 14 percent in the IT and communications sector. Notable is the fact that 67 percent of these people have higher education.

People cite broadening personal experiences (76 percent), acquiring international work experience (73 percent) and living in a different cultural environment (68 percent) as main reasons for moving to Estonia.

Of Estonian respondents, between 60-70 percent said that they are either already living abroad or are willing to move to a foreign country for work. This is around the global average of 63.8 percent.

The Global Talent Survey, a collaboration between the Boston Consulting Group and The Network, a global alliance of more than 50 leading management consultancies, involved more than 200,000 respondents from 70 countries. It was coordinated in Estonia by the CV Keskus job portal.

M. Oll, S. Tambur

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