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Latvians keep showing interest in working in Germany

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn May 1, 2011, the German labour market will be fully opened; consequently, Latvia residents’ interest in job opportunities in this country is growing. Recently, the number of consultations on job availability in Germany has doubled, according to employment experts survey by the business news portal BNN.

The European Employment Services network (EURES) head Antra Pūpēde (Pupede) reveals the number of individual consultations on job opportunities in Germany is constantly surging. If last year an average of 30 consultations per month were provided on German job vacancies, then during the first three months of 2011 this figure has doubled. Pupede notes so far 197 people have received such career advice. This is 31.6% of the total number of consultations.

The interest in German labour market has spiked, however, people are more interested in changes related to the full opening of the labour market. This does not mean the goal is to leave Latvia to work in Germany, the expert considers

According to EURES data, job seekers are mostly interested in employment opportunities in the German agriculture sector (51.6%). Also, they show interest in construction work (11.2%), accommodation and catering establishments (9.3%), manufacturing (7.9%), as well as in health and social care (6.9%).

CV-Online recruitment specialist Evita Lapiņa (Lapina) admits to BNN Germany as a potential destination has become more attractive to job seekers. Along with the German labour market opening, men in particular have higher expectations of job opportunities in Germany. According to the study, about 54% of the surveyed men in Latvia, aged 30 to 40 years, attempt to leave Latvia to work in Germany, Lapina indicates.

She emphasizes the economic dip marked a sharp drop in employment in such sectors as construction and manufacturing. In terms of migrant workers, the German market is not as saturated as the UK market, so the chances of finding employment in this sector in Germany are bigger.

German companies in Latvia mainly seek medical personnel – doctors, nurses, and sanitary staff. In this area, the number of women workers is higher in Latvia. The survey data show that of all women willing to leave Latvia, 46% plan to work in Germany – the largest proportion in the age group of 40–50 years. According to the Latvian Medical Association information, more and more doctors are applying for certificates on receiving professional qualification abroad.

Lately, greater interest is shown from German businessmen ready to attract migrant workers from Latvia, yet now their activity is not as large.

It is likely after May 1, the number of offers will increase. The demand for skilled workers in Germany is higher than elsewhere and the country is prepared to assess professionals by their experience, not nationality, considers CV-Online expert.

While CV Market director Vladimirs Korickis points out job seekers’ interest in job positions in Germany can be regarded the same as ordinary interest to find a stable and well-paid job in any other country. He explains the lack of fuss about the matter with several factors.

First of all, historically Latvia has never ranked among the countries German employers look for work force. Secondly, another significant factor why Latvians do not fit in the German labour market is insufficient language skills. Thirdly, already upon announcing the plan to open the labour market, Germany said it needs qualified specialists. Unfortunately, also  this sector lacks language skills, CV Market head explains.

Similarly, also statistics affirm the fact people might lack German language skills. In the academic year 2002/2003, more than 13 000 pupils were studying German as their first foreign language in Latvian schools, whereas the number of them had dropped down to 3 100 in 2009/2010 academic year.

BNN already reported, on May 1, 2011, Germany is to open its labour market, thus Latvia residents have not only started expressing their interest in working in this country, but they are also actively booking tickets to Germany’s cities. SIA Norma A development and investment head Jūlija Staševska (Stasevska) reveals to the business news portal BNN, adding that ticket sales to Germany have surged 23%.


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  1. Boister says:

    People hope Germany will help the earn a fortune, but this is unlikely.

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  2. says:

    This is typical with everything new, as soon as there are some opportunities available, people will use them.

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