EHIF has paid out €206.6 million in wage compensation since March ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

An Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) office on Vaksali Street in Tartu.
An Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) office on Vaksali Street in Tartu. Source: Aili Vahtla/ERR

The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) has assigned €206.6 million in wage compensation to 133,121 workers related to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis so far. In total, 16,956 businesses have used the scheme.

Of the recipients, 32,601, or 24.5 percent, work in the manufacturing sector and companies of that sector make up 11.7 percent of the total number of applicants for the measure.

The sum total assigned to employees working in the manufacturing sector was €53.3 million, it appears from data made available by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. 

A total of 27,100, or 20.4 percent, of the claimants, work in retail and wholesale and vehicle repair companies, and 17,662 beneficiaries, or 13.3 percent, in accommodation and catering, in which sectors the sum total assigned during the period was €40.5 million and €23.9 million, respectively. 

Since the measure was introduced in March, the largest amounts paid to individual businesses are €4.2 million to 1,824 employees of the Tallink Grupp company OÜ Hansaliin, €1.8 million paid to 870 employees of manufacturing company AS Norma, and €1.36 million paid out to 526 workers of transport company Bolt. 

The next largest sums were paid to OÜ HT Laevateeninduse, a company of Tallink Grupp, whose 523 employees have been assigned €1.33 million, and AS Postimees Grupp with €1.32 million which was assigned to 555 employees. 

The highest amounts of compensation have been paid in Harju County, where companies approved for the measure numbered 9,801, employees 83,228 and the sum total of compensation was €135.9 million.

Next came Tartu County with 1,929 companies, 14,223 employees and a sum total of €21.1 million, and Ida-Viru County with 1,104 companies, 7,595 recipients and a sum total of €9.2 million. 

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Editor: Helen Wright

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