Travel agency Tumlare to lay off 56 employees ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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

A total of three companies have informed the Unemployment Insurance Fund this week of planned collective layoffs, of which travel agency Tumlare Corporation Estonia plans to lay off the largest number of employees.

This week, the Unemployment Insurance Fund has received three layoff notices from companies planning to lay off a total of 73 employees, Unemployment Insurance Fund communications specialist Lauri Kool told ERR. Tumlare intends to lay off 56 employees, PPE International nine employees and Sadamarestoran OÜ eight employees.

While just one collective layoff notice was filed last week, according to Kool, more are expected to be filed later this week.

A layoff notice does not yet mean layoffs, however.

"We have had several instances during the crisis in which we are initially given notice of larger layoffs, and thankfully they are ultimately smaller — such as the Hestia hotels and the Grand Rose Spa," the specialist noted.

As of Wednesday night, a total of 1,064 unemployed persons were registered with the Unemployment Insurance Fund this week. Last week, this figure stood at 1,781; the week before, at 2,646. According to Kooli, the week before the Midsummer holiday is deceivingly quiet, and one should keep an eye on the first weeks of the month instead.

A total of 299 people have concluded their registration as unemployed, down from 1,313 last week.

€230 million in wage compensation

This week, 489 institutions have applied for wage compensation for a total of 1,885 employees, Kool said. As it is the third week of the month, when the fund typically sees very few applications, these figures can be compared to the first week of June, when 7,230 institutions applied for wage compensation for a total of 76,185 employees.

"As payday is at the beginning of the month, this was the case during the first week of the month in April, May and now June as well, where 80 percent of applications were filed," he explained. "During the second week, another some 15 percent more are filed, and then there are very few in the second half of the month. So we're more or less starting to get an idea of how much was sought in these three months combined."

A thorough overview will be compiled in the second week of July, he added.

Over the past three months, the Unemployment Insurance Fund has paid out a total of €230,522,494 in wage compensation to employees of 17,372 institutions. 13,784 institutions have received wage compensation for two months, 2,883 for one month, and 705 for three months.

A total of 136,421 employees have received wage compensation over the past three months.

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