Business expansion
Eesti; Põhja-Eesti;
Location of affected unit(s)
Tallinn city
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

400 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
16 April 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2009
Foreseen end date
1 September 2009


The Tallinn city government has announced a creation of 400 social jobs in Tallinn Tram and Trolleybus Company operating in the capital Tallinn.

The new jobs are created in a framework of a support plan of the city to overcome the current economic crisis. On 1 July 2009, 40 persons will be employed as cleaners of the trams and trolleybuses and the tramway. From 1 September 2009, further 360 persons will be employed as travel escourts whose main task will be to serve the passengers, help the elderly or mother with small children, selling tickets, etc.

Fixed-term contracts are concluded with all new workers which will expire by the end of 2009. Persons in social jobs will be paid at the minimum wage - EEK 4350 per month (about € 278 as of 28 May 2009). The persons employed in social jobs will have to be registered as residents of the Tallinn city and registered as unemployed in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa). The expenses of the creation of new jobs will be covered from the city budget, not the company itself.

According to the Tallinn city government, in case the unemployment rate in the city will remain above 5% in 2010, the creation of social jobs will continue. According to initial plans 2,000 new jobs will be created and further 2,500 jobs for cleaning the streets, regulating pedestrian crossings, cleaning street furniture and for social welfare services.

An information day was arranged on 19 May to introduce the creation of new jobs and specify the job tasks. It was assessed that around 1,000 persons participated on the information day and 626 applications were filled in to apply for these jobs. 



Eurofound (2009), Tallinn city government, Business expansion in Estonia, factsheet number 68982, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68982.