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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEmployers in Baltic States will actively seek new employees and increase their wages next year. However, they will be more cautious than they are now, according to results of a survey compiled by CV-Online on employment in Baltic States.

42% of interviewed employers in Latvia plan to take on new staff. In Lithuania and Estonia the proportions are 47% and 4% respectively. Compared to last year’s results, the number of employers who plan to take on new employees has declined in all three Baltic States (by 21% in Latvia, 11% in Lithuania and 16% in Estonia). This is why it can be believed that employers in Lithuania are the most optimistic. Employers in Latvia and Estonia are more conservative in their search for new employees.

The number of enterprises that plan to take on or dismiss employees has increased this year: 22% in Latvia, 27% in Lithuania and 9% in Estonia. This means there are more companies now that are more serious about assessing work results of their employees and dismissing the least efficient ones to have them replaced with more efficient employees.

Employers explain their plans to increase the number of employees primarily with more work load they have to deal with. This was confirmed by 72% of interviewed employers in Latvia.

«Latvia’s labour market can expect cautious optimism next year. This is mostly due to moderate economic growth and growing uncertainty in regard to the geopolitical situation. The majority of enterprises plan to perform development next year. There will be fewer new jobs. The main emphasis will be put on work efficiency. There will still be a lack of employees, mostly because of decline of the population and unemployment. This is why we can expect to see an increase of wages of efficient workers and specialists that are in demand,» – concludes Aivis Brodiņš, head of CV-Online Latvia.

Results of the survey show that there has been an increase in the number of enterprises that plan to take on up to two new employees next year. However, the number of enterprises that plan to take on more than ten employees has reduced:

29% plan to take on 1-2 employees;

23% plan to take of 3-4 employees:

16% plan to take on 5-9 employees;

22% plan to take on more than 10 employees;

10% have no specific plans but will nonetheless take on new employees.

According to the survey, employees are needed the most in Latvia’s IT, retail trade, finance and insurance, engineer technologies and security sectors.

More than one-third of Baltic employers plan to increase wages in order to keep their employees and become more attractive for potential employees. Nevertheless, survey results show that employers will be cautious in their planned increase of employee wages. 36% of employers in Latvia plan to increase their employees’ wages. 34% of employers plan to keep wages on the same level. 5% admit only some of their employees can expect wage rise; some may experience wage cuts. Only slightly above 1% of employers admit the wages of their employees will be reduced next year. 23% of employers could not give a clear answer in regard to wages of their employees.

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