"One of the tendencies that other research shows too is that men are more assertive in asking for a salary [raise]. They ask with view of the potential, over what they will do and learn. While women, more often, ask for a pay raise when they've proven themselves already," said Anta Praņēviča, head of the research department at Fontes in an interview with Latvian Radio September 11.
While men earn 10% more than women do, she said, the wage gap is prevalent for similar jobs, even within the same company - the difference is at a whopping 25% for people who have just entered the job market, like after graduating from the university.
Currently companies have trouble finding young specialists and low-qualified workers. There's still a shortage of IT employees, engineers, risk management specialists and analysts, Fontes says.
Wages grew an average 6.3% last year in Latvia.