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Working conditions in Estonia


This section describes working conditions in Estonia. Find some general information about working hours, salaries and academic positions. Also find information about recognition of qualifications, research ethics and intellectual property rights.


Each university has its own regulations concerning employment conditions for researchers and academic staff. The salary level and other conditions of employment are established in an employment contract, based on the rules of the university and on the Employment Contracts Act.

The salary rules vary for professors, docents (assistant professors), specialists and other academic positions, and the rules are reviewed on a regular basis. The rules can be found on the web pages of the universities.

Estonian public universities have signed the Agreement on Good Practice in the Internationalisation of Estonia’s Higher Education Institutions, which guides the employment of foreign research staff and the enrolment of international students. All universities that host EURAXESS Services Centres have signed the Agreement on Good Practice.


See also:

Academic Career Observatory. Estonia, Academic Career Structure

University of Tartu. Personnel regulations and documents

Estonian University of Life Sciences. General regulations and documents and Senate Regulation available under Human Resources Management section

Tallinn University. Working at TU

Tallinn University of Technology. Election rules and job descriptions In Estonian

Europass – European Commission initiative helping people to make their skills and competences clearly understood

Intellectual Property Rights

Copyright and patents