Estonia’s latest recruitment drive for tech talent leads to furniture shortage

The Baltic nation of Estonia is renewing its efforts to recruit IT professionals and match them with top tech companies operating in the country.

Back in August 2018, an alliance of Estonian organisations launched a recruitment campaign entitled Career Hunt, in partnership with a number of IT companies. The campaign aimed to find technology specialists from the UK and encourage them to apply for senior positions at tech industry firms, such as Taxify, Twilio, Microsoft, Skype and Swedbank.

The top 20 selected candidates were treated to a five-day trip to Estonia (flights and accommodation paid for), during which they met with IT firms, visited the NATO Cyber Defence Centre and attended robotics festival Robotex. They also had the opportunity to interview for jobs, with 5,500 people from across the globe applying.

This year Estonia is once again welcoming tech specialists to apply for interview. Those who pass the initial screening rounds in their interviews will fly to Estonia for a five-day all-inclusive tech tour including exclusive VIP-shortcuts for job interviews.

And in an interesting footnote, Estonia has almost become a victim of its own success as being a leading global hub for tech start-ups. Work Estonia reports there is a massive short supply of office equipment needed to furnish the growing number of co-working spaces and company headquarters in the capital Tallinn.

“We need hundreds of chairs for new employees, but even IKEAs in neighbouring Latvia and Finland can only offer us a combined weekly supply of 20 chairs,” says Kaarel Kotkas, CEO of online identity verification company Veriff.

With this latest drive from Career Hunt, Recruiter is predicting a rise in start-up furniture manufacturers in and around Tallinn in the coming months.

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