64.1% of the population of Latvia were employed in second quarter

Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that 892.1 thousand people or 64.1 % of the population of Latvia aged 15–74 were employed in the second quarter of 2020, as published August 17.

Over a year, employment rate has dropped by 0.6 percentage points, but the number of employed – by 13.5 thousand.

Compared to the previous quarter, employment rate has reduced by 0.6 percentage points, but the number of employed – by 10.0 thousand.

Since the second half of 2012 employment rate in Latvia has exceeded the European Union (EU) average. In the second quarter of 2020 it was the same as in Lithuania (64.1 %), but lower than in Estonia (65.4 %).

In the second quarter of 2020, employment rate among young people (aged 15–24) constituted 29.9 %, which is 1.7 percentage points higher indicator than that recorded in the respective period of the previous year. The number of employed young people accounted for 51.0 thousand.

In the second quarter, persons in main job worked on average 37.1 hour per week – 0.4 hours fewer than in the same period of the previous year and 0.2 hours less than in the 1st quarter of 2020.

In the second quarter of 2020, 18.3 % (140.6 thousand) of employees worked remotely. 63.3 % of persons working remotely were females and 36.7 % – males.

The largest share of employees working remotely (26.3 %) were in age group 25–34 years, slightly less (25.2 %) – in age group 45-54 years. The largest share of males working remotely (29.8 %) were in age group 25–34 years, but females (27.9 %) – in age group 45-54 years.

In the second quarter of 2020 the largest share of employees working remotely (23.2 %) in the total number of employees of the respective age group was observed in age group 65-74 years, but the smallest (12.4 %) – in age group 15–24 years and 55-64 years.

The work was carried out remotely by 64.2 % of employees working in financial and insurance activities, slightly less (61.3 %) – in information and communication services and 44.5 % – in education. The smallest (6.4 %) share of employees working remotely was observed in manufacturing sector (B–F).

Most often (50.0 %) professionals, two fifths (39.6 %) of managers and slightly less than one third (30.4 %) technicians and associate professionals worked remotely.

Over a year, the share of employees receiving EUR 450–700 monthly after taxes increased by 3.6 percentage points (35.1 % in the second quarter). Share of employees receiving EUR 700–1400 monthly after taxes fell by 2.1 percentage point (28.1 % in the second quarter). The share of employees receiving less than EUR 450 monthly (after taxes) reduced to 26.3 % (decrease of 1.4 percentage points). The proportion of employees receiving minimum monthly wage or less accounted for 15.4 % or 118.3 thousand people (a reduction of 0.2 percentage points over the second quarter of 2019). Share of employees receiving over EUR 1400 monthly after taxes fell by 0.3 percentage points (5.0 % in the second quarter). The highest share of small wages in regions was still observed in Latgale, where each fourth (24.1 %) employee received minimum monthly wage or less.

In the second quarter of 2020, wage or salary of 3.5 % of employees was not calculated or paid, while 2.0 % did not indicate the size of earnings thereof.

Employees by monthly net wages and salaries in the main job
(as per cent)

 

2nd quarter of 2019

1st quarter of 2020

2nd quarter of 2020

Employees

100.0

100.0

100.0

up to EUR 450.00

27.7

25.4

26.3

employees receiving minimum monthly wage or less

15.6

14.9

15.4

EUR 450.01–700.00

31.5

33.7

35.1

EUR 700.01-1400.00

30.2

28.9

28.1

EUR 1400.01 and more

5.3

6.3

5.0

was not calculated or paid

2.9

3.3

3.5

not specified

2.4

2.4

2.0

Labour Force Survey questions about economic activity were asked to 6.4 thousand people aged 15–74 living in 3.6 thousand households.

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