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Every fifth Baltic employer would be prepared to employ refugees

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNext year’s economic growth is expected to improve the labour market’s situation by increasing the level of employment and wages.

Latvian employers have expressed the most optimism – 47% of respondents confirmed their readiness to employ refugees (42% in Lithuania and 40% in Estonia). Compared with survey results from previous years, only Latvia has experienced an increase (+5%). Demand for employees in Lithuania has declined 6% in Lithuania. Estonia’s results remain the same. Retail trade, finances and service industries, IT and telecommunications and construction are in need of employees the most in Latvia, according to results of a recent survey by CV-Online. In total, more than 2,600 employers in Baltic States were interviewed as part of this survey.

Most often Baltic employers mentioned increased workload as the main reason for taking on more employees – 50% of respondents mentioned it. Approximately 25% of employers also mentioned cases when employees leave their jobs, which forces companies to take on new staff.

The number of companies that plan to take new employees and fire old ones has increased 30% in the past two years. Compared with 2014, there has been an increase of 8% in this category (14% in comparison with 2013). 34% of interviewed employers who plan to cut jobs next year explain their intentions with low efficiency of work carried out by some of their employees. According to results of the survey, 5% of employers in Latvia plan to lay off some of their workers next year. 14%, on the other hand, do not plan to change the composition of their teams of employees.

«Latvia is expected to experience slightly faster economic growth than this year. This is why there are more companies prepared to take on more employees. We can expect a moderate rise in employment and decline in unemployment. This process will be likely delayed by the lack of specialists, which is in turn impacted by the country’s demographic situation and emigration problems. We also see efforts being made by companies in hopes of keeping employees and improving their work efficiency,» – CV-Online Latvia manager Aivis Brodins comments results of the survey.

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