More students enter workforce

More and more, Latvian university students work in parallel to their studies, according to research on students' social and economic standing in the country, reports Latvian Radio. 

Eight years ago, just 45% of Latvia's students were also participants of the labor market, compared to 61% in 2017. A whopping 75% of graduate students are employed.

Most of them say they work to cover their daily expenses, and others want to gain work experience. 

"As employment grows, the number of hours spent doing paid work increases too, and it's one of the highest in Europe. On the average, students work 31.26 hours each week, and most of the ones who work full-time, for all practical intents, work 40 hours a week. 

"As a consequence, the time they can spend studying is decreasing.. the time spent on studying has shrank from 15.19 hours [a week] in 2013 to 13.93 hours in 2017," said Ilze Koroļeva, the leading researcher at the University of Latvia Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, the head of the project. 

The research is part of the international Eurostudent project. 

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