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Builders: the industry is suffering from a catastrophic lack of workforce

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This year’s tendency in construction is the catastrophic deficit of workforce – the market lacks low qualified workers and high profile specialists. If the situation does not improve, construction companies will not be able to complete their workload because of the lack of workforce, Selva būve Construction Company Chairman Rolands Orlovskis says.

“One of the reasons for the deficit of workforce is well known – people leave to earn money in other countries, and, unfortunately, do not plan to return to Latvia. Qualified specialists can earn a competitive pay in the industry and be with their families at the same time,“ – the businessman says.

According to the businessman, one big problem is the current education system. “It is clear that professions like carpenters, painters, and electricians are not popularized nearly as much as they should be by education institutions. The reputation of vocational and schools is low. There is a stereotype that only losers go to these schools. The country’s education policy should be directed towards raising the prestige of these professions. A good carpenter or electrician is a very respected and valuable profession,” – Orlovskis says.

He believes that government needs to work on the development of a plan that would return the people who have left. Secondly, we need to think how to popularize and raise the prestige of vocational schools. Thirdly, we need to open doors to guest workers.

“We will be forced to open doors to guest workers, because the problem of workforce deficit becomes more apparent every year. And if that happens, we will need to think about legislation liberalization for workers from the so-called third countries,” – the businessman concludes.

According to the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, construction costs went up by 0.2% in August 2012. Worker salaries increased an average by 0.2%, machinery maintenance expenses – by 0.5%. Prices on construction materials decreased by 0.4%.

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  1. Estonian says:

    Yes they can complete. Just raise wages. Simpel as that, and mirracle will come!!!

  2. Orlov says:

    Pay decent salaries to solve the problem.Anyway the guess workers wont come there for peanuts . .When you pay 1000 lats a month for a skill worker there would be no more shortage that is a salary one can easely get in in civilized countries close to Latvia.

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