On Thursday, November 4, Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, supported the amendments to the Law which provide for the right of employers to dismiss employees who do not have an interoperable certificate of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery.
Despite temporary unemployment in many sectors, there are areas that lack workforce, Latvian Radio reported October 27.
The requirement for a Covid-19 certificate in certain workplaces could alter the job market in Latvia and contribute to a rise in the unemployment rate, experts surveyed by Latvian Television October 17 said.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a variety of changes in lifestyle, including work environment. Last year, remote work became available in a wide variety of sectors. The number of remote workers has grown in Latvia and in Europe as a whole, according to a EURANET PLUS report October 11.
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has instructed all ministries and their subordinate institutions to evaluate and determine the positions where a vaccination or disease certificate is required to perform duties, the government office announced September 29.
While working from home became more commonplace with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, data from European Union statistics agency Eurostat suggests it was less common in Latvia than many might think.
Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) September 20 show that in August 2021 Latvia's actual unemployment rate comprised 6.9 %, which is 0.6 percentage points less than in July. The actual unemployment rate in the country has not been this low since December 2019 (6.6 %).
Latvia is second only to Estonia when it comes to the size of the gap between male and female pay, according to data published by Eurostat September 18.
Data published September 15 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of the second quarter of 2021, there were 25.3 thousand job vacancies.
State JSC Latvian Railway plans to dismiss 700 employees in the coming months, Latvian Radio reported August 20.
Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and published August 17 show that in the 2nd quarter of 2021 unemployment rate in Latvia constituted 7.9 %.
Latvia has more than 190 thousand adult persons with disabilities, and only about 27% are employed. This is half the average in the European Union, Latvian Radio reported August 16.
Apart from pay, employees in Latvia are most motivated by long-term benefits from their employers such as health insurance, additional holidays, and contributions to a private pension fund, according to a survey commissioned by Luminor bank.
The government's decision to introduce compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for medical, social care and educational workers will divide society, according to sectoral representatives, Latvian Radio reported July 15.
At the end of June this year, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia reached 7.4 percent of the economically active population, down 0.2 percentage points from a month before, according to the State Employment Agency.
It is common practice that seasonal workers from other countries come to help in strawberry fields. This year, the extra hands would be particularly useful, but not many guest workers are in Latvia, Latvian Television reported July 8.
At the end of May this year, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia reached 7.6 percent of the economically active population, down 0.3 percentage points from a month before, according to the State Employment Agency.
Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) June 1 show that in the first quarter of 2021 the average monthly gross wages and salaries for full-time work comprised EUR 1,207.
The lack of specialists in water and sewer management is becoming apparent, Latvian Radio reported in its analytical series "A Million in Sewers" May 26.
An absolute majority, or 82% of employees surveyed, say they would support an employer's decision to hire a disabled person and be willing to engage and help, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Welfare and Norstat.