TALLINN – Starting this week, listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp is launching a nationwide recruitment campaign to fill some 500 vacancies on the group's vessels sailing under the Estonian flag as well as the group's hotels and restaurants before the spring-summer high season.
Tallink expects specialists and workers in various fields, from electricians and sailors to join the technical ship personnel to hostesses and bartenders to fill customer service roles, to join the company immediately, Tallink Grupp said.
Vessels that temporarily stopped operating and hotels that shut down due to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic are partially returning to the routes and waiting for visitors again from this month after renovations and upgrades this winter, which is why Tallink urgently needs to hire additional staff.
"Over the last few years, we have had to say goodbye to many of our good colleagues, because in the context of travel restrictions and in a world that constantly opens and closes, we did not have as many jobs to offer to our colleagues as before the pandemic due to the small number of passengers and visitors," Age Vanajuur, head of group employee engagement and customer experience at Tallink Grupp, said.
"Today, however, where we can see that the pandemic situation is changing, the light is shining at the end of the tunnel, the restrictions are disappearing and, as though behind a dam, passengers from the Baltic states are waiting for spring and new opportunities to travel, we need to recruit additional help at supersonic speeds," she added.
At that, former employees of Tallink have already received an invitation to return to work in the company. Vanajuur noted that the former employees who have been able to do so have also returned, but many have already moved on over the years.
Tallink is looking for sailors, technical specialists, as well as willing and cheerful people from all over Estonia with various experiences in the field of customer service. Tallink will provide the ship employees with free accommodation, meals and work clothes during the shift.
The company is looking for people to join its ranks on the basis of both short-term and permanent employment contracts for the summer period as well as longer, so it is worth applying for vacancies both for those who are looking for a summer job and for those who find that Tallink is suitable for a longer period.
Vanajuur explained that ship work is a shift job and allows people to work on the basis of two weeks on, two weeks off shifts.
At that, more than 50 percent of the company's Estonian employees come from further afield than Tallinn and Harju County. For example, almost 10 percent of the company's Estonian employees live on the islands or in Laane County, more than 15 percent in South Estonia and some 10 percent in the Viru region.