Estonian residents changing jobs every 3 years

  • 2019-03-27
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The average period of time that Estonian residents spend in the employment of one employer has declined to three years and four months, compared with four years and six months five years ago, the findings of a survey by the recruitment agency Brandem indicate. 

Annual turnover of personnel meanwhile has grown from 22 percent to 30.3 percent during the same period.

The average time spent with one employer has become shorter in almost all areas of activity. As an exception, the average time spent with one employer in the sectors of information and communications and finance and insurance has remained between five and six years through the years.

The average time spent with one employer has increased in the field of mining.

"Personnel turnover is very costly for businesses. With top specialists and managers, for instance, the cost of replacing an employee equals up to two years' average wage cost," Brandem partner Paavo Heil said.

It appears from data published by Statistics Estonia that there exists a strong link between personnel turnover and wage growth. In the fields of activity where personnel turnover increases faster also wage growth is faster. 

Brandem Baltic OU is an employer branding agency and provider of recruitment services.