Job vacancies in 1st quarter of 2007

07.06.2007

At the end 1st quarter of 2007, in comparison with 1st quarter of previous year, the number of job vacancies in the country increased by 26.1%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

The increase of job vacancies was higher in the public sector – 29.9%, but in the private sector it was 22.1%.

The number of job vacancies in country at the end 1st quarter of 2007 was 21.6 thsd, what is 4.5 thsd more compared to the same period of the last year. The rate of job vacancies in this period increased from 1,8% to 2,1%.

The rate of job vacancies vas higher in the public sector – 3.3% (10.8 thsd vacancies), but lower in the private sector – 1.6% (10.8 thsd).

In breakdown by kind of activity the highest rate of job vacancies was in public administration and defence; compulsory social insurance with 5.7% (4.8 thsd job vacancies) followed by transport, storage and communication with 2.9% (2.6 thsd) and manufacturing with 2.7% (4.3 thsd).

The number of job vacancies in country at the end 1st quarter of 2007, compared to 1st quarter of 2006, mostly increased in public administration and defence; compulsory social insurance, as well as in manufacturing - by 1.0 thsd job vacancies.

An analysis of data by region shows that the highest rate of vacancies at the 1st quarter of 2007 was in Riga (2.6%) and the Pieriga region (2.1%). In Riga were 15,0 thsd vacancies. The lowest rate of job vacancies was in Latgale region (1.1%).

Within the private sector, the highest rate of job vacancies was in the Pieriga region (2.3%) while in the other regions it ranged from 1.0% to 1.6%.

An overview of data of the public sector by cities and districts shows that the highest rates of job vacancies after Riga (5.1%) were in Jurmala (3.5%), Jelgava (3.3%), and in the district of Valmiera (2.2%). But in separate administrative territories the number of job vacancies decreased, compared to both 1st quarter and 4th quarter of the previous year. For example, in Jelgava, Daugavpils and districts of Jelgava, Ogre, Rezekne and Riga.

Compared to1st quarter of 2006, the number of job vacancies in the 1st quarter of this year increased by 1.2 thsd job vacancies or by 5.7%. The most rapid increase in the job vacancies in this period was in public administration and defence; compulsory social insurance – by 23.7% or 0.9 thsd job vacancies, Real estate, renting and business activities, computer services, science and other commercial services – by 22.8% or 0.4 thsd job vacancies, in public, social and individual services– by 19.2% (0.1 thsd job vacancies), in wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods – by 7.7% (0.2 thsd job vacancies). In some fields the number of job vacancies in this period decreased. In the Health care and social care the decrease is 0.2 thsd job vacancies, in manufacturing – by 0.1 thsd, in hotels and restaurants – by 0.1 thsd.

Rate of job vacancies

End of 1st quarter of 2006

End of 1st quarter of 2007

Total in the country

number of job vacancies

17140

21615

rate of job vacancies, %

1.8

2.1

of which:

in the public sector

number of job vacancies

8834

10783

rate of job vacancies, %

2.7

3.3

budget-financed institutions

number of job vacancies

5376

6802

rate of job vacancies, %

2.5

3.0

central and local government commercial companies

number of job vacancies

3458

3981

rate of job vacancies, %

3.1

3.8

private sector

number of job vacancies

8301

10786

rate of job vacancies, %

1.3

1.6

 

Job vacancies by kind of activity

End of 1st quarter of 2006

End of 1st quarter of 2007

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Total

17140

1.8

21615

2.1

Agriculture, hunting and forestry

233

1.1

312

1.5

Fishing

-

-

7

0.5

Industry – Total

3519

1.9

4563

2.6

of which:

mining and quarrying

75

3.4

26

1.1

manufacturing

3286

2.0

4277

2.7

electricity, gas and water supply

157

1.0

260

1.8

Construction

630

0.9

1254

1.6

Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor
vehicles, motorcycles
and personal and
household goods

2124

1.2

2478

1.3

Hotels and restaurants

404

1.4

287

0.9

Transport, storage and communication

2509

2.9

2563

2.9

of which land transport; transport via pipelines

1567

3.2

1808

3.6

Financial intermediation

388

1.8

481

2.0

Real estate, renting and business activities

1243

1.5

1907

2.0

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

3854

4.8

4845

5.7

Education

431

0.4

843

0.8

Health and social work

1294

2.3

1460

2.6

Other community, social and personal service activities

509

1.0

614

1.0

of which recreation,
culture and sport

340

1.1

381

1.0

 

Average number of job vacancies by region at the end of 1st quarter of 2007


Latvia

Riga

Pieriga region

Vidzeme region

Kurzeme region

Zemgale region

Latgale region

Total in the country

number of job vacancies

21615

15014

2396

928

1193

1088

996

rate of job vacancies, %

2.1

2.6

2.1

1.3

1.2

1.5

1.1

of which:

in the public sector

number of job vacancies

10783

8459

549

335

446

488

506

rate of job vacancies, %

3.3

5.1

1.7

1.2

1.4

1.6

1.2

budget-financed institutions

number of job vacancies

6802

5016

430

250

425

328

353

rate of job vacancies, %

3.0

5.3

1.7

1.1

1.6

1.4

1.1

central and local government enterprises

number of job vacancies

3981

3443

119

85

21

160

153

rate of job vacancies, %

3.8

4.8

1.6

1.7

0.4

2.4

1.7

private sector

number of job vacancies

10786

6532

1847

592

728

597

490

rate of job vacancies, %

1.6

1.6

2.3

1.4

1.1

1.3

1.0


 

Job vacancies by city and district in the public sector

End of 1st quarter of 2006

End of 1st quarter of 2007

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Latvia

8834

2.7

10783

3.3

Riga

6841

4.3

8459

5.1

Daugavpils

166

1.2

273

1.9

Jelgava

281

3.4

271

3.3

Jurmala

127

2.3

210

3.5

Liepaja

146

1.5

176

1.8

Rezekne

123

2.6

84

1.6

Ventspils

62

1.4

77

1.7

Aizkraukle district

28

0.7

37

0.9

Aluksne district

13

0.5

16

0.5

Balvi district

37

1.1

29

0.9

Bauska district

41

0.9

56

1.3

Cesis district

55

0.8

67

1.0

Daugavpils district

23

0.7

2

0.1

Dobele district

17

0.4

26

0.7

Gulbene district

19

0.7

35

1.2

Jelgava district

6

0.2

5

0.2

Jekabpils district

61

1.0

93

1.5

Kraslava district

24

0.7

25

0.8

Kuldiga district

25

0.6

46

1.1

Liepaja district

10

0.2

36

1.1

Limbazi district

27

0.8

30

0.8

Ludza district

21

0.5

63

1.5

Madona district

21

0.4

16

0.3

Ogre district

53

1.1

51

1.1

Preili district

21

0.5

19

0.5

Rezekne district

17

0.4

11

0.3

Riga district

263

1.8

219

1.6

Saldus district

23

0.6

30

0.8

Talsi district

52

1.1

75

1.5

Tukums district

34

0.8

39

0.9

Valka district

58

1.4

42

1.2

Valmiera district

136

1.8

159

2.2

Ventspils district

4

0.4

6

0.6

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Explanations

In accordance with the survey methodology, job vacancy is defined as a post for which no contract has been signed and no candidate chosen and the employer is taking active steps to find a suitable candidate from outside the enterprise, and which will be filled immediately or within 3 months. The rate of job vacancies is calculated in per cent, by dividing the number of job vacancies by the total number of posts (occupied + vacant).

The public sector includes central and local government institutions and commercial companies with central or local government capital participation 50% and over, public organisations and commercial companies thereof. Information in this report is shown excluding public organisations and commercial companies thereof

Information by regions, cities and districts has been compiled according to the location of the commercial company, individual merchant or the office of the institution.

Information by kind of activity has been compiled by the main kind of activity of the commercial company, individual merchant or institution.

Information by cities and districts in the private sector is not available as the sample of respondents was made only on the regional level.

Prepared by Wages Statistics Section
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