Over €250 million paid out in coronavirus wage compensation

Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) logo.
Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) logo. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

As of August 2, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) has assigned €256.5 million in total inas extraordinary remuneration compensation, related to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Compensation has been assigned to 137,677 employees at 17,560 companies. 

While in March, the state decided that employers could use the wage compensation for two months in the period from March 1 to May 31, the measure was later extended by another month under restricted conditions. Compensation for June could be claimed until July 31.

At the same time, those who had received compensation for previous months could also apply for support for June. Thus, the employee could receive the compensation for a maximum of three months, instead of the originally planned two.

The scheme provided 70 percent, or €1,000, whichever was lower, of an employee's wage packet in cases where the employer had been demonstrably hit by the pandemic.

The largest share of the recipients, 24.8 percent, are employees in the manufacturing industry. The total cost of compensation granted to this sector is €65.4 million, it appears from data available from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

20.3 percent of the recipients work in wholesale and retail trade and car repair companies, followed by the accommodation and catering sector, with 13.1 percent. The total cost of benefits allocated to these sectors is €47.7 million and €29.8 million, respectively.

Since the start of the application for compensation in March, the largest amount has been assigned to 1,835 employees of Hansaliin, a member of the Tallink Grupp, with a total cost of €5.8 million.

€2.45 million has been allocated to the 873 employees of the industrial company Norma. Compensation of €1.85 million has been granted to 528 employees of HT Laevateenindus, which also belongs to Tallink Grupp.

Salary compensation of €1.84 million has been granted to 848 employees at Enefit Kaevandused. Compensation to a total amount of €1.49 million has been granted to 465 employees of Tallink Grupp, and of €1.39 million to 413 employees at the Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper).

A total of 526 employees at transport app tech company Bolt Technology have been granted compensation to the amount of €1.37 million, while €1.32 million has been granted to 555 employees at AS Postimees Grupp.

640 employees of bed textile manufacturer Wendre have received €1.26 million in salary compensation, while the 516 employees of the modular house manufacturer Harmet have received €1.2 million in support. Altogether, 368 employees of Tallinn Airport have received a total of €1.2 million euros in wage compensation.

The total cost of compensation for other all institutions combined is less than €1 million.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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