Remote working numbers reduced when emergency situation was lifted

The number of people working remotely dropped as a result of the end of Latvia’s declared state of emergency in June, according to figures released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) August 4.

In June 2020, 15.5 % (117.1 thousand) employees aged 15–74 years worked remotely, which is 2.7 percentage points (18.8 thousand) fewer than in May. 70 % of women and 30 % of men were working remotely.

In June, one fifth of employees (20.9 %) had the option to work remotely, but 79.1 % did not have this option. Only 5.4 % of employees having option to work remotely did not use it.

The largest share of employees working remotely (31.2 %) were in age group 15–34 years, slightly less (27.0 %) – in age group 45-54 years. The largest share of males working remotely (35.7 %) were aged 35-44 years, but females (31.7 %) – in age group 15-34 years.

In June 2020 the largest share of employees working remotely (18.3 %) in the total number of employees of the respective age group was observed in age group 45-54 years, but the smallest (11.4 %) – in age group 55-74 years.

In June almost a half (47.5 %) of all employees working remotely were employed in the trade and services sector. Slightly fewer (46.2 %) employees worked in other service sectors. Only 4.7 % of all persons working remotely were employed in manufacturing.


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