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Work trial


Lisatud 26.10.2016 | Uuendatud 28.03.2018

The Unemployment Insurance Fund offers a chance to do participate in work trial in the framework of the employment mediation service. The work trial gives the employer an opportunity to check that the candidate is suitable for the position before signing an employment contract with them.

The duration of work trial is one day. The prerequisite for conducting a work trial is that the employer is looking for an employee for a vacant position through the Unemployment Insurance Fund. To do this, the employer shall provide the Unemployment Insurance Fund with information about the vacancy: in the self-service of the portal (sign-in required) or via a regional (county) department. Contact information of departments can be found here: contact information of employers' consultants

Prior to participating in a work trial, a client of the Unemployment Insurance Fund should have made an agreement with the Unemployment Insurance Fund to do so. When coming to the work trial, the client of the Unemployment Insurance Fund will provide a participation sheet, which should be signed by a company representative to confirm participation in a work trial. You can submit a participation sheet to the Unemployment Insurance Fund on paper or in a digitally signed format by e-mail.

When organising a work trial, the employer shall keep in mind that:

  • requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act should be met;
  • a salary may not be paid for a work trial; 
  • participation in work trial may not be entered into the register of employment. 

The Unemployment Insurance Fund does not organise work trial if:

  • the job is not mediated through the Unemployment Insurance Fund;
  • the candidate has previously participated in a work trial when applying for the same position at the same employer, has worked for the same employer in the same position, or has participated in work placement with the same employer.

An unemployed person has the right to receive a commuting benefit for the days during which they participated in a work trial.  

The labour market service provided for individuals with decreased working ability is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union by regulation No. 57 of the Minister of Social Protection and the Minister of Health and Labour of 27 March 2015 on the basis of ‘Provision of labour market services to the target group of work reforms’ .


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