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Number of job vacancies in Latvia up 33.4% in 2018

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2018, there were 22.7 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 5.7 thousand vacancies or 33.4 % more than in 2017.

In public the sector there were 6.8 thousand and in private sector 15.9 thousand job vacancies. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in private sector grew by 5 thousand or 45.3 %, while in public sector by 0.7 thousand or 12.0 %, according to data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In accordance with the CSB methodology, job vacancy is defined as a new or existing salaried post which is vacant or will be vacant in the nearest time and employer is taking active steps to find a suitable employee outside own enterprise and the post may be filled immediately or within the nearest time. CSB calculates the number of job vacancies and occupies posts based on statistical reports submitted and data of the State Revenue Service.

Out of the total number of jobs in Latvia, 2.4 % were vacant – 2.3 % of which in public sector and 2.5 % in private sector.

Compared to 2017, the average number of occupied posts increased by 9.5 thousand or 1.1 % ( and 8.5 thousand or 1.4 % in private sector and by 1.0 thousand or 0.3 % in the public sector) in 2018.

The largest share of job vacancies was recorded among craft and related trades workers (4 % of all jobs in this occupational group) as well as plant and machine operators and assemblers (3 %). Over the year, the sharpest rise was recorded in the demand for plant and machine operators and assemblers, service and sales workers, craft and related trades workers, elementary occupations, as well as clerical support workers. On the other hand, the number of manager job vacancies dropped.

In 2018, the largest share of job vacancies in the total number of jobs within the sector was recorded in public administration and defence (4.9 %), construction (3.5 %), accommodation and food service activities (3.2 %), manufacturing (2.9 %), as well as wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (2.8 %).

In 2018, the highest share of job vacancies was observed in Riga region – 2.8 % of all jobs within the region or 14.3 thousand, whereas the lowest in Vidzeme region – 1.3 % or 0.8 thousand.

CSB compiles information on occupied posts and job vacancies in breakdown by region based on the address of the office or main activity of an enterprise or institution.

At the end of Q4 2018, in Latvia there were 21.3 thousand job vacancies, while their share in the total number of jobs constituted 2.3 %. The indicator in Lithuania constituted 1.3 % and in Estonia 1.8 %.

Compared to Q4 2017, the number of job vacancies went up by 3.8 thousand or 21.4 %, whereas compared to Q3 2018 it dropped by 1.4 thousand or 6 %.


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