Estonia redoubles efforts to attract global IT talent


Estonia redoubles efforts to attract global IT talent

28 Feb 2019 Comments Closed 156 Views

The Estonian government has launched the second part of its initiative to attract IT talent from across the world

Through its Work in Estonia programme, the small Baltic country has launched its second career hunt campaign.

The programme last year saw 5,500 people from around the world apply for the opportunity to work in Estonia. A group of 23 candidates were given a trip to Estonia where they had interviews, and even candidates started new jobs in the country.

The country needs to attract IT professionals. It has a population of just 1.3 million and a growing IT sector.

The country has a tech-startup sector that boasts some of the world’s best known firms in the sector, such as TransferWise, Taxify and Skype. It also has large companies looking for IT staff. But by next year, the country’s job market is expected to be short of 7,000 IT professionals.

With IT professionals across the European Union interested looking for alternatives to the UK to set up, or work for tech startups due to Brexit, Estonia will be increasingly attractive.

Kaisa-Triin Kosenkranius, marketing specialist at government-funded Work in Estonia, told Computer Weekly the programme is aimed at promoting Estonia as “a great place to live and work for specialists worldwide,” including IT professionals.