Number of remote workers grew eight times in April

According to results of the Labour Force Survey carried out by Latvia's Central Statistical Bureau, 22% of employees aged 15-74 worked remotely in Latvia in April 2020.

The number of people working remotely increased eight times, reaching 148,400 from the previous figure of 19,000. A total of 27% more women than man worked remotely (63.5% and 36.5%, respectively).

In April, 27.4% employees had the option to work remotely, but almost three fourths (72.6%) did not have this option. Only 5.4% of the employees who had the option to work from home.

The largest share of persons working from home (27.0%) were aged 45-54. The largest share of males working remotely (29.6%) were aged 25–34 years, but females (26.8%) – in the 35-44 age group.

In April 2020 the largest share of employees working remotely (24.3%) in the total number of employees was observed in age group 25–34 years, but the smallest (16.7%) in age group 55–64 years.

Share of employees working remotely in the total number of employees by age groups

One fourth (25.5%) of all persons working remotely in April 2020 were employed in education. In financial and insurance activities 17.1% of employees worked. The smallest share (7.1%) of all employees working remotely was observed in manufacturing sector (B–F).

The largest (85.2%) share of employees working remotely in the total number of employees in the respective kind of economic activity (sector) was observed in financial and insurance activity. Slightly more than a half (55.8%) of persons employed in education and 53.1% employed in information and communication services worked remotely. The smallest (6.9%) share of employees working remotely was observed in manufacturing sector (B–F).

Share of employees working remotely in the total number of employees by kind ofeconomic activity (NACE Rev. 2) (as per cent)

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Most often (56.2%) professionals, two fifths (39.9%) of managers and slightly less (36.2%) technicians and associate professionals worked remotely. Only every eleventh (9.2%) clerical support worker (office worker) or service and sales worker worked remotely.

Almost two thirds (64.3%) of employees working remotely, worked this way all working time in April, one fifth (20.5%) – on a regular basis 3–5 days a week, 6.8% – on a regular basis 1–2 days a week, and 6.5% of employees – on a regular basis part of the working day or several hours.

In April 2020, 1.4 thousand of population aged 15–74 years in 996 households were surveyed in Labour Force Survey.

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