Estonia - Pay satisfaction spread uneven - October 31, 2016

A commercial recruitment portal held a web based poll and found that pay satisfaction has grown the most in Estonia among its Baltic clients. Compared to 2013, pay satisfaction had risen by 14% in Estonia and 13% in Latvia, but dropped by 2% in Lithuania. A spokesperson explained that the primary reasons for the rise in pay satisfaction were shortage of labour and modest economic growth. This means better work conditions, including an increase in pay, for job-seekers and working people alike. Across the Baltics, people connected with IT, recruitment, agriculture and environmental protection were the most satisfied with their pay whereas more than 70% of employees in healthcare, social work, education and research, and catering fields found that they were underpaid. 60% of top executives, 45% of mid-level managers and 42% of sales personnel stated that their remuneration was in accordance with their contributions; in contrast, this opinion was shared by just a quarter of skilled and unskilled workers and customer service personnel.

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