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Berry farmers to be able to apply for wage support from July 1

Strawberries in Tallinn.
Strawberries in Tallinn. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

From July 1, berry farmers in Estonia can apply to the Unemployment Insurance Fund for a wage subsidy to recruit seasonal workers.

In order to receive wage support, the employer must submit an application, which can be found on the Unemployment Insurance Fund's website.

The application can be sent by e-mail with a digital signature or by post to the address of one's county branch of the Unemployment Insurance Fund, alternatively, it can also be submitted on site at the branch, the Unemployment Insurance Fund said.

If desired, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will help the employer find suitable candidates who also meet the conditions of the wage support. The contacts of the employers' consultants at the county branches can be found on the website of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

The agricultural wage subsidy is paid to an employer engaged in berry farming if they employ a registered unemployed person who has been unemployed for the last three months or has worked temporarily for less than 30 days during that period. The benefit can be applied for for the unemployed who were hired from or after June 1.

The amount of the support per month is 50 percent of the employee's salary, but not more than the minimum salary, that is €584.

The support is paid in the case of employment under both an employment contract and a contract under the law of obligations, regardless of the duration of the contract. The employer is paid a wage subsidy for up to three months for the same employee.

Agricultural wage support will be paid until the end of 2020.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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