Working as a welder in Europe – the good and the bad
Andrey came to Estonia from in 2015 and has been working for Hansavest, the largest international recruitment company in Estonia, since then. For many years, he has been working as a welder at a metal manufacturing factory. When he asked why he likes it in Estonia, he has many reasons to give: he likes the local peaceful life, the stable economy, and the friendly cultural space that makes staying in Estonia feel like home. Andrey is satisfied with the place of work and his personal manager, who helps him and supports him when he has any kind of questions.
Andrey has been working as a welder for many years, and he had a lot of ups and downs in his career. When he was living in Odessa in 2013 he saw that the working conditions were not good, so he decided to move to other countries in Europe to find welder work.
At one point, he was working in Poland, but the work environment was not very good. The supervisor did not treat Andrey and his colleagues with respect, and they often had to work long hours – and did not get paid for any overtime. The welding equipment they had to work with was old and broken, and Andrey felt that it was dangerous to use.