RIGA – In 2017, there were around 17,000 vacant jobs available in Latvia, which is 2,600 vacancies or 17.9 percent more than a year before, according to the latest data released today by the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB).
In the public sector, there were 6,100 job vacancies, and 10,900 vacant jobs were available in the private sector. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in the private sector grew by 21.8 percent and in the public sector 11.6 percent.
Out of the total number of jobs in Latvia (both occupied and vacant), 1.9 percent of positions were vacant last year, including 2.1 percent in the public sector and 1.8 percent in the private sector.
Compared to 2016, in 2017 the average number of occupied positions increased by 8,400 or 0.9 percent (growing by 7,400. or 1.2 percent in the private sector and by 1,000 or 0.4 percent in the public sector).
The highest share of job vacancies was recorded in the major occupational groups and related trades (2.9 percent of all jobs in this group) and professionals (2.1 percent). Over the year, the steepest increase was observed in demand for craftsmen and related trades workers, low-skill occupations, as well as equipment and machine operators and assemblers.
In 2017, the highest share of job vacancies in the total number of jobs within the respective occupational grouping was recorded in public administration and defense, compulsory social security (4.6 percent), manufacturing and construction (2.3 percent), health and social work activities (2.2 percent), as well as water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (2.1 percent).In transportation and storage, accommodation and food service activities, information and communication, as well as financial and insurance activities the share of job vacancies was comparatively high – 2 percent.
In 2017, the highest percentage of job vacancies was recorded in Riga region – 2.3 percent of all jobs within the region or 11,500, whereas the lowest percentage of job vacancies was recorded in Kurzeme region – 1 percent or 800.
In accordance with the CSB methodology, job vacancy is defined as a post for which no candidate has been chosen and no contract has been signed and the employer is taking active steps to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. CSB is calculating the number of job vacancies and occupied posts based on statistical reports submitted and data of the State Revenue Service.