One in three Latvians is moonlighting

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More than a third of Latvians are moonlighting, according to research by Swedbank. However the trend is more widespread in neighboring Estonia and Lithuania, reported LTV on May 29.

"As of now residents aren't earning on the side that much. Lithuanians are more active. During the last year, about a half earned on the side [in Lithuania] and more than 40% in Estonia," said Swedbank representative Reinis Jansons.

People who moonlight are mostly motivated by money but self-realization and avoiding being tied to the office is also important.

The second most motivating aspect for Latvians and Estonians alike is the desire to be free and flexible and to arrange their lives so that they're not tied to the eight hour work day at the office, said Jansons.

According to Jansons, about a third of Latvians are earning on the side in addition to their regular job, and a further third would like to try it.

He noted that moonlighting Latvians are using their skills, including those that could be called hobbies.

On the average, locals are earning about 50 euros a month on the side, said Jansons.

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