Hospitality Jobs Opportunities in Europe 2020

Hospitality Jobs Opportunities in Europe 2020

The fuss of the restaurant is like the background melody that never stops. The soft clanking of cutlery, the warm buzz of conversation, champagne bottles going pop. Waiters skilfully sneak around the tables. Barista grinds and brews the best drink ever existing in the world – coffee, and the smell drifts away. Bussers hastily carry away wiped clean plates without a notice. A hostess cheers new guests and walks them to the available table with the best view. A manager lurks and passionately observes how things are going. The kitchen has its romance. The chef is polishing up his masterpiece, while cooks follow the recipes with pinpoint accuracy.  

Good news. Hospitality jobs are on their way. Each one of these and many other positions will appear in the MeetFrank app. We are growing non-stop so do employment opportunities. The time has come, so please welcome a new Hospitality industry many of our users have been waiting for. Europe strongly holds its position as the top tourist destination. It means more jobs in the Hospitality industry than ever before.

Now I`ll throw some numbers that explain why MeetFrank takes this industry onboard and why you should care. 

Hospitality jobs in Finland


The figures show that Hospitality is one of Finland’s most dynamic industries. 

Helsinki Times reports that the turnover generated by this industry amounts to €15 billion and contributes to 2.6 % of Finland’s GDP. The revenue comes mainly from foreign visitors, the number of which keeps rising and is 8.3 million.

The number of nights spent by tourists has increased by 1.3 %, reaching an impressive figure of 6.8 million. The travel industry in Finland is steadily growing, and we see positive growth potential in the long run. 

The Hospitality industry currently employs around 150,000 people but is always craving for more. The Finnish Hospitality industry is facing a major deficit of talent, and companies experience difficulties in finding employees with matching skills. It slows down the growth of the industry. 


Hospitality jobs in Estonia


More than 5.2% positive change in foreign visitors arrivals shows that more tourists are coming and stay for longer. 

The number of nights spent by tourists has increased by 4.4 % compared to 2018, reaching 4.9 million

The Bank of Estonia estimates the proportion of expenses made by foreign visitors in the export of travel services to be almost 1.2 billion euros.

These numbers suggest that foreign visitors are a great opportunity for the Estonian market to boost the Hospitality Industry even more.


Hospitality jobs in Latvia


In Latvia, the hospitality industry is a fast-growing sector of the economy. Geographic location, rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as growth-oriented workforce, facilitate the growth. Those, who have been there, know what I am talking about. 

In 2018 foreign travelers checked in this beautiful country 7.8 million times, which is 0.6 % more than the year before. Tourists keep spending more and more € on their trips. Last year expenditures amounted to €750 million, which is more than a year ago. In 2018, 2.81 million visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments of Latvia – 9.0 % more than the year before.

The hospitality industry in Latvia is expanding quickly by opening new hotels and restaurants. Due to accelerated development, the hospitality industry provided almost 75 000 jobs and accounted for 8.5% to total employment in Latvia. 


Hospitality jobs in Lithuania


2018 was the most successful year for Lithuania with regards to tourist inflow. The number reached 3.6 m tourists that visited Lithuania. 

The hospitality industry has its focus on the most successful foreign markets that bring the € in. Lithuania experienced rapid growth in the number of tourists coming from Germany and Japan. 

The interest of Lithuanians in their country keeps growing. The Lithuanian tourism market is divided in half. Lithuanians who traveled within the country and stayed in hotels cover 51.8% of the market, while foreigners make up the rest 48.2 % of the Lithuanian tourism market.

The successful 2019 raises great expectations for 2020. The goal in the hospitality industry will try to support and maintain the increasing inflows of tourists.


What`s in it for you? 

Opportunities, of course.

The hospitality industry sustains 16,6 million jobs in Europe, which means 1 in every 13 jobs. No more numbers, I promise. The markets experience a high demand for talents due to the upward trend in the Hospitality Industry. There is a positive correlation between the inflow of tourists and the growth trend in the Hospitality industry. The more days tourists spend in the country, the more work has to be done to provide them a service. At the same time, companies are unable to find the best talent fit and need extra hands. 

MeetFrank is here to ease it up with the new relocation feature that aims at filling the gap in companies when finding the best match employees. You as a skilled talent being in high demand will be able to see opportunities abroad and connect directly with companies in the Hospitality industry and not only. We believe that talent is borderless. In today’s age, it doesn’t always matter where you are based. You are free to choose your best career path based on aspirations, not location. And even better, in many cases, jobs can be completely remote.

Check how it works here

Give yourself a head start on the Hospitality job market with MeetFrank daily digest that you can find in the app. 

Jobs in Estonia – Most In-Demand Professions in 2019

Jobs in Estonia – Most In-Demand Professions in 2019

Estonia. Small, agile, techy and entrepreneurial. It’s also deceptively spacious.

It has given us tech giants like Skype, Transferwise, Bolt and many others. Most of the population vote online and have been doing so for more than a decade. Company perks such as remote work, free meals and company retreats are the norm to attract talent.

The air is clean, there is plenty of space for everyone and crime rates are low. Sounds like the perfect place to live and work, right?

The only downside is the winters that can get rather nippy.

According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate in Estonia is the lowest it has been since 2008, currently at 4.7%. The year-on-year growth of the gross domestic product was 4.5% in the first quarter of 2019.

As one of the leading talent acquisition platforms in the Baltics, MeetFrank is uniquely placed to share some insights on the job market in this part of the world.

So, share insights we shall.


Top 5 talent employers seek in Estonia


I’ve looked at the data from job offers on MeetFrank and turned it into a nifty infographic.

What positions where in most demand of being filled?  Also, what range of salaries employers are willing to pay? How much are they willing to offer over your expected salary? And lastly – what are the highest offered salaries for positions on MeetFrank?

If you’re a senior software developer, you’re in luck. Employers will be fighting over you.

most in demand jobs in estonia

How much are employers willing to pay?


Data gathered from all employers recruiting in Estonia in 2019 on MeetFrank varies quite a bit depending on the field they are looking for.

Considering the lack of developers, rather unsurprisingly, software development is the highest paid track on MeetFrank. Average maximum salary offers though in software development and IT & sysadmin are pretty close.Same goes for sales & business development and product management.

Highest ever salary offers are the same in business development and IT & sysadmin. All time high offer in customer service on MeetFrank has been €5000 which considering the average salary in this field is rather high.

I need to point out though that the highest offers are generally for executive roles.

salaries in estonia

Most popular search on MeetFrank in Estonia is for for software engineers which considering the booming Manufacturing and IT sectors (contributing 1.5% and 0.6% to the overall growth of GDP in Q1 2019) this does not come as much of a surprise.

Furthermore, these are consequently also the highest paying jobs in Estonia.


Economy overview


Since the restoration of its independence in 1991, Estonia has been one of the fastest growing economies in the region. It is fast to make reforms and has created a digital society where pretty much all of the government services can be done online (except getting married, divorced and buying a property). Estonians save 5 working days per year per working age adult just thanks to the digital signature

facts about estonia

Positions in various indices:

  • 1st – OECD Tax Competitiveness Index 2017
  • 1st – Entrepreneurial Activity, World Economic Forum 2017
  • 1st – Internet Freedom, Freedom House 2016 (sharing 1st place with Iceland)
  • 7th – Index of Economic Freedom 2018, The Heritage Foundation
  • 9th – Digital Economy and Society Index 2017, European Commission
  • 12th – Ease of Doing Business 2016, The World Bank


Estonia has some of the highest international credit ratings in the region:

  • Standard & Poor’s: AA-
  • Moody’s: A1
  • Fitch IBCA: A+


According to Statistics Estonia, in Q1 2019 the average monthly gross wages and salaries reached €1,341. Data also indicates that salaries rose across all sectors.

The highest paying sectors were financial and insurance activities, energy, information and communication tech paying on average over €2,400, €2,260 and €2195.

Currently the number of available positions in Estonia remains over 10 000. Unsurprisingly, the rate of job vacancies was highest in information and communication (3.7%) and in financial and insurance industries (3.0%) 

Estonia also has a very competitive tax system with pretty much non existent bureaucracy for the employees. Definitely an attractive country to work and live in.


Projected highest demand for jobs in Estonia


According to a labour needs survey conducted by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (EUIF) the Estonian labour market will be most in need of programmers, cooks and lorry drivers in the coming years.

So if you’re looking for jobs in Estonia in these areas, you’re in luck.

Furthermore, taking a look at the occupational barometer map, it too indicates a large labour shortage when it comes to software developers. They have also pointed out that the current workforce lacks sufficient qualifications. In addition to software developers there’s also a need for systems admins, web designers and application programmers.

To tackle this the Estonian Government has started a project called “Choose IT”. The goal is to train 500 software developers by 2020. The training is free, if you meet the requirements and lasts approximately 3.5 months. By the end of it you will have basic knowledge and practical skills in software development.

The project seems to be doing well and most students will be offered a job at the company they did an internship with. To qualify you need to have finished at least 50% of your academic studies program if not already obtained a degree. This definitely is a great push by the government to tackle the lack of software engineers in Estonia.


Startup jobs in Estonia

startup jobs in estonia

What is interesting is that even though in most other fields the supply and demand for managerial positions is in balance, apart from information technology. Confirming the data that the most in demand jobs in Estonia are in the IT sector and not necessarily only for developers. 

Why might that be?

Simply lack of talent in this area or the fact that Estonia has a very high amount of startups per capita? Startups per capita in Estonia is 6x higher than the average in Europe. Estonia also has the highest amount of unicorns per capita. That said we need to keep in mind that there’s only 1.3M people living over here.

Considering the size of the country and economy it seems that startups is all Estonia does. And why not, right ? 

Currently, 3,700 Estonian ICT companies are hiring. So if you’re after jobs in Estonia and are skilled in this area, this may be a dream come true.

Have a look at what some of these companies have to offer and how much they are willing to pay for your talent on MeetFrank!


jobs in estonia