Employment
Unions call for better minimum wage deal
Unions call for better minimum wage deal
The Latvian Association of Free Trade Unions of (LBAS) is urging the establishment of a minimum wage equivalent to 50% of the average monthly wage in the country.
Employers welcome Latvia's revised guest worker salary rules
Employers welcome Latvia's revised guest worker salary rules
Two months ago, rules were adopted that employers can pay guest workers the average wage in the sector, instead of the national average, as was previously the case. Employers welcome the government's decision but admit that the effect will only be felt in the coming months, Latvian Radio reported April 10.

With the government's decision of January this year, employers are allowed to pay foreign workers a wage that is not less than the average gross monthly wage of Latvian workers in the sector in the previous year or equivalent to the minimum wage set by the sector's general agreement.
Employers say adult education in Latvia is being wasted
Employers say adult education in Latvia is being wasted
More than 100 million euros devoted to adult education are now being "burned aimlessly", because education programs have minimal connection with labor market needs, Andris Bite, President of the Employers' Confederation of Latvia (LDDK), said in an interview with Latvian Television on April 3.
Latvia's labor costs lowest among Baltic states
Latvia's labor costs lowest among Baltic states
In 2023, average hourly labor costs were estimated at €31.8 in the EU and at €35.6 in the euro area, according to Eurostat figures published March 27. However, this average masks sizeable gaps between EU Member States. Hourly labor costs range from €9.3 in Bulgaria to €53.9 in Luxembourg – with Latvia still recording one of the bloc's lowest labor costs on €13.5.
Dark side of 'White' milk: dairy producer's workplace safety questioned
Dark side of 'White' milk: dairy producer's workplace safety questioned
In a span of a couple of months, four employees of the "Tukuma piens" dairy producer company, more commonly known under the brand "Baltais" ("White"), have got serious injuries. Latvian Television's "Forbidden Method", aired February 26, checked concerns about the employer's lax attitude to safety and employee health.
Economists: Labor shortage not so acute in Latvia anymore
Economists: Labor shortage not so acute in Latvia anymore
Over the past year and a half, the number of job advertisements and vacancies has dropped by almost half, and currently, staff shortages are not as big a problem as weak demand, said economist of Citadele Bank Mārtiņš Āboliņš commenting on the latest employment data February 23. 
Unemployment rate unchanged from January to February
Unemployment rate unchanged from January to February
Latest estimates from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) February 20 show that in January 2024 the actual unemployment rate in Latvia stod at 7.1 % – unchanged over the month. Over the year the unemployment rate increased by 0.7 percentage points.
Video outlines guest worker procedure for Latvia
Video outlines guest worker procedure for Latvia
A video published recently by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) provides a handy English-language guide to the procedure required when inviting a guest worker to Latvia.
Omniva Latvia denies rumors about mass firing
Omniva Latvia denies rumors about mass firing
Estonia's state-owned postal services and logistics company Omniva will eliminate 75 jobs in Estonia. The company's representation in Latvia indicated that no redundancies were planned in Latvia, LETA reports February 1.
Guest worker salary requirements changed
Guest worker salary requirements changed
Guest workers will in the future be paid the average wage in the sector they work in, rather than the average wage in the country, as has been the case so far, according to amendments backed by the government on Tuesday, January 30.
Under half of Ukrainians in Latvia are employed
Under half of Ukrainians in Latvia are employed
Almost 9,000 Ukrainian civilians in Latvia are currently employed here or have a company of their own. Although employment in this group increased last year, it is still less than half of the total number of working Ukrainians in Latvia, Latvian Radio reported on January 24.
Slight rise in unemployment at end of 2023
Slight rise in unemployment at end of 2023
Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) estimates released January 19 show that in December 2023 the actual unemployment rate in Latvia was 6.6 % and that it rose by 0.2 percentage points compared to November. Compared to December the year before, the actual unemployment rate has not changed.
Youth employment project set to continue
Youth employment project set to continue
At the end of the year, after nearly a decade, the project “Can and Do” (Proti un Dari) concluded, involving more than 5,000 young people from 38 Latvian municipalities. The project has been deemed useful and is set to continue for another six years, LSM's Madara Bērtiņa reports.
Little change in Latvia's unemployment rate
Little change in Latvia's unemployment rate
Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) estimates show that in November 2023 the actual unemployment rate in Latvia was 6.4 %, a rise of 0.1 percentage points over the month. Over the year the actual unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points.
Some rules relaxed for easier workforce entry into Latvia
Some rules relaxed for easier workforce entry into Latvia
Given the lack of labor force in sectors essential to the economy such as manufacturing and construction, the government on Tuesday, December 19, decided to facilitate the requirements for attracting labor from foreign countries, the Ministry of Economics said.
Russian language requirement might be banned from job ads
Russian language requirement might be banned from job ads
It is planned that Latvian employers will not be able to request mandatory knowledge of the Russian language, except for certain professions, as provided for by amendments to the Labor Law supported by the Saeima at first reading on Thursday, December 14.
Baltic states start project to attract foreign 'Digital Explorers'
Baltic states start project to attract foreign 'Digital Explorers'
In order to attract much-needed specialists in the field of information technology (IT), the Baltic States with the support of the European Union (EU) have launched a pilot project for cooperation with Nigeria, Kenya and Armenia, reports Latvian Radio from Brussels. 

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