Employment
Average wage rises, but purchasing power sharply down
Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) August 30 show that in the 2nd quarter of 2022 average gross wages and salaries for full-time work in the country amounted to EUR 1 362.
One in three Latvians works remotely
During the pandemic, many residents of Latvia started working remotely from home or in hybrid mode. A survey carried out by Kantar shows that currently, only 68% of employees work at the workplace, 24% are hybrid, while 8% work from home, Latvian Radio reported on August 29.
Unemployment rate at 6.5% in July
Results of the Labour Force Survey published on August 18 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that in July 2022 Latvian actual unemployment rate constituted 6.5 %, and compared to June it has increased by 0.1 percentage points.
Firefighter staffing levels comparatively high in Latvia
Fires raging across Europe have devastated thousands of hectares of land in France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Greece, putting firefighters in the affected countries to the test. In Latvia too, firefighters and rescue crews have been hard pressed, with drownings also taking a toll.
Young people offered free training for remote work
On August 12, the International Youth Day, the social enterprise 'Visas iespējas' (All chances) reminds the youth of Latvia of an opportunity to train in data processing, customer service or digital marketing in a new 'Go remote' project, Latvian Radio reported.
Is it easy to get customer service job in Rīga without knowing Russian?
Although for several years employers in Latvia have not been permitted to ask employees for the knowledge of a foreign language without a specific justification, an experiment conducted August 4 by Latvian Radio found that it was hard to get a job, especially a customer service job, in Rīga without knowing the Russian language.  
Unemployment rate slightly down in June
Results of the Labour Force Survey published July 20 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that in June 2022 actual unemployment rate in Latvia constituted 6.3 % and compared to May it has reduced by 0.2 percentage points.
Latvians can expect to spend 36 years working
On average, the working life of a Latvian worker will last for about 36 years – which is right on the European Union working life average – according to Eurostat data published July 6. 
Latvia's gender pay gap narrows
Provisional estimates published June 17 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that in 2021 the average hourly gross earnings of females were 14.6 % lower than those of males. 
Vacancies numbers lower than before pandemic in Latvia
Data published on June 16 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the first quarter of 2022, there were 28.2 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 6.6 thousand vacancies or 30.3 % more than in the first quarter of 2021, however, the pre-pandemic level has not reached yet (on average 29.1 thousand in 2019).
One in three employed persons in Latvia is in Rīga
Results of the Population and Housing Census 2021 published June 15 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that at the beginning of 2021 there were 877.1 thousand employed persons in Latvia or 55.2 % of the total population that has reached working age.
Redundancies as Latvian companies are impacted by economic sanctions
Several company applications for collective redundancies have been received by the State Employment Agency (NVA). Applications are mainly from companies where the sanctions on Russia have left an impact, NVA Director Evita Simsone told Latvian Radio on June 10.
Remote work visas to be introduced in Latvia
Latvian Saeima approved amendments to the Immigration Law on June 2 that provide for the introduction of remote work visas to facilitate the entry of high-skilled specialists to Latvia.
Unemployment down slightly in April
Data published May 19 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in April 2022 the actual unemployment rate in Latvia constituted 6.8 %, and that compared to March, it had decreased by 0.3 percentage points.
1400 Ukrainian refugees already work in Latvia
1,400 Ukrainian civilians have submitted an application to the State Employment Agency (NVA) for the commencement of employment relations in Latvia. The supply of vacancies from Latvian employers is well above demand, Latvian Radio reported April 28.
Monthly unemployment at standstill
Data of the Labour Force Survey published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) on March 18 show that in February 2022, the actual unemployment rate in Latvia was 7.6 %, and it was unchanged compared to January.
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