Population drop causing headache for employers

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Almost half or 45 percent of employers in Latvia believe that it has become harder to find new employees due to the declining population and the growing number of vacancies, according to a survey conducted by the CV-Online Latvia recruitment company.

The company's head Aivis Brodins told LETA that employers are facing shortage of appropriate candidates or even larger passivity than during the crisis, when, for example, potential candidates even do not arrive for an appointed job interview.

At the same time, 34 percent of the respondents did not agree with the statement that it has become harder to find appropriate employees, while 18 percent said that they cannot compare the situation. Just 3 percent said that there are no changes in this respect.

The poll also shows that the most common ways to find new people is by publishing a job ad in career portals (21 percent), and using social networks (15 percent). Looking for candidates through friends and acquaintances is also popular (13 percent). Employers are also using the company's Internet website (12 percent), job ads and recruitment companies (10 percent), the State Employment Agency and schools (8 percent), as well as newspaper ads (4 percent) to find new employees.

"The situation in the labor market is becoming more complicated and challenging each year. The number of working-age population is declining by more than 20,000 people a year, at the same time, the number of vacancies keeps growing. It increases the competition in attracting the best talents to the company," said Brodins.

221 Latvian employers were polled via the Internet in October and November.

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