65 pct of foreign IT students at TalTech have found work in their field in Estonia

  • 2019-11-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - According to fresh statistics available from the Tax and Customs Board, 65 percent of the foreign students of the School of Information Technologies of the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) have found work in their field in Estonia.

"It is pleasing to acknowledge that the graduates of all study programs of TalTech's School of Information Technologies, regardless of their origin, are finding work easily in Estonia. This gives us assurance that our programs meet the requirements of the labor market," Gert Jervan, dean of TalTech's School of Information Technologies, said.

He added that the entrepreneurs themselves, with whom the university works closely and who themselves contribute to the development of study programs through program councils, also have a role to play in this.

According to the Tax and Customs Board, foreign students of TalTech's cyber security and communicative electronics programs have found work the most, 79 and 73 percent, respectively.

Altogether 88 percent of foreign students found work in Estonia within one month after graduation or already during their studies. "Such fast finding of work by foreign students affirms the need for IT experts and encourages future students to specifically pick the field required on the labor market," Jervan said.

When comparing the salary levels of 2016 and 2019, it appears that the average salary of foreign students who have graduated from the university has risen from 1,187 euros to 1,902 euros. The salary level of foreign students whose graduation was over six months ago has risen 28 percent, that is from 1,475 euros to 1,882 euros.

Nearly 1,700 foreign students from altogether 100 different countries started studies at TalTech this academic year, making up 16 percent of all students studying at the university.

The data presented is from an analysis by the Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA), which is based on data available from the Tax and Customs Board.