The rules for the entry of third-country workers could be simplified in Latvia, Welfare Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) and Economics Minister Ilze Indriksone (National Alliance) said in an interview on the Latvian Television programme “Today's Question” on April 19. The politicians, however, have a different view of specific changes.
Data published on April 17 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that, out of 804 thousand people (aged 25 and over) employed on the national labor market at the beginning of 2022, 42.1 % had higher education, which is an increase of 0.9 percentage points over the year.
“Shadow Day” will take place in Latvia on April 5. On Shadow Day, pupils are invited to spend a day with a professional of their choice and observe their work. This year, young people living in Latvia from Ukraine are welcome to participate. Latvian Television met with two Ukrainian young people on March 24 who are planning to participate.
Data published on March 1 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that in 2022 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work amounted to EUR 1 373.
Results of the Labor Force Survey published on February 20 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that in January 2023 the actual unemployment rate in Latvia accounted for 6.9%, and compared to December 2022 it has increased by 0.2 percentage points.
Rīga municipality has taken a step to address the current labor shortage and attract international talent by creating a digital platform called Work in Riga.
Two-thirds of court employees are willing to strike if their salaries don't rise. Judicial Council Chairman Aigars Strupišs told Latvian Radio on January 9 that for a long time, the employees had been "starved", which would not happen if financially first and second-instance courts were independent of the Justice Ministry. The Judicial Council has a number of suggestions for the new Minister.
A number of industries are changing today, so once-gained knowledge is no longer sufficient for citizens to stay in the labor market. The declaration of this Government contains a commitment to improving labor access and lifelong learning policies. The Ministry of Economics forecasts a surplus of low-skilled workers in the future and pays particular attention to acquiring digital skills, Latvian Radio reported on January 5.
There are 250 vacancies in the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) that have long been free. After the load of the Covid-19 pandemic, employees who have reached retirement pensions do not want to continue, Liene Cipule, head of the NMPD, told the Latvian Television broadcast “Morning Panorama” on December 30.
The previous Saeima decided that as of January 1 next year, the minimum salary in Latvia will be €620 instead of the current €500. Employers argue that the decision to raise the minimum wage was not aligned with the social partners, and consider that raising the minimum wage should take place at the same time as increasing the non-taxable minimum, Latvian Radio reported on December 19.