Job vacancies in 2006

20.03.2007

At the end of 2006 there were 20.4 thsd job vacancies or 2.1 % of the total number of posts in the country, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

The number of job vacancies in country at the end 4th quarter of 2006, compared to end of 1st quarter grew by 19,3% or 3,3 thsd, from the number in public sector by 13,2% or 1,2 thsd, but in private sector by 25,8% or 2,1 thsd.

The rate of job vacancies vas higher in the public sector - 3,1% (10,0 thsd vacancies), but lower in the private sector – 1,6% (10,4 thsd).

In breakdown by kind of activity the highest rate of job vacancies was in public administration and defence with 4,8% (3,9 thsd job vacancies) followed by transport, storage and communication with 3.0% (2.6 thsd) and health and social work with 2.9% (1.7 thsd).

Among the basic occupation groups, the highest rate of job vacancies was for the craft and related trades workers – 3.1% or 4.1 thsd, for plant and machine operators and assemblers – 3,0% (2,8 thsd), professionals – 2,3 % (3,6 thsd).

An analysis of data by region shows that the highest rate of vacancies at the end of 2006 was in Riga (2.5%) and the Pieriga region (2.2%). In Riga were 13,9 thsd vacancies. The lowest rate of job vacancies was in Vidzeme region (1.1%).

Within the private sector, the highest rate of job vacancies was in the Pieriga region (2.3%) while in Riga and 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 (4.8%) was in Jelgava and Jurmala (4.0%), Liepaja (2.3), the district of Riga (2.0%) and the district of Valmiera (1.8%). By contrast, the lowest rate of job vacancies was in the districts of Jelgava and Madona (0.3%) and in the district of Preili (0.4%).

Number and rate of job vacancies in 2006

average in year

end of 1st quarter

end of 2nd quarter

end of 3rd quarter

end of 4th quarter

Total in the country

number of job vacancies

19157

17140

18252

20781

20454

rate of job vacancies, %

1.9

1.8

1.9

2.1

2.1

of which:

in the public sector

number of job vacancies

9351

8834

8980

9591

10000

rate of job vacancies, %

2.9

2.7

2.8

3.0

3.1

budget-financed institutions

number of job vacancies

5599

5376

5354

5758

5907

rate of job vacancies, %

2.6

2.5

2.5

2.7

2.7

central and local government commercial companies

number of job vacancies

3753

3458

3626

3833

4093

rate of job vacancies, %

3.5

3.1

3.3

3.6

3.8

private sector

number of job vacancies

9793

8301

9271

11159

10442

rate of job vacancies, %

1.5

1.3

1.4

1.7

1.6

 

Job vacancies by kind of activity

Average in 2006

End of 4th quarter of 2006

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancie, %

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies,
%

Total

19157

1.9

20454

2.1

Agriculture, hunting and forestry

256

1.2

275

1.4

Fishing

9

0.5

17

0.9

Industry – Total

4360

2.4

4664

2.6

of which:

mining and quarrying

50

1.9

19

0.8

manufacturing

4117

2.5

4379

2.7

electricity, gas and water supply

194

1.3

266

1.7

Construction

959

1.4

1213

1.7

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

2269

1.2

2301

1.2

Hotels and restaurants

398

1.3

388

1.3

Transport, storage and communication

2575

3.0

2590

3.0

of which land transport; transport via pipelines

1824

3.7

1959

3.9

Financial intermediation

450

2.1

538

2.5

Real estate, renting and business activities

1424

1.6

1553

1.7

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

3791

4.7

3916

4.8

Education

699

0.7

833

0.8

Health and social work

1431

2.5

1650

2.9

Other community, social and personal service activities

535

1.0

515

1.0

of which recreation,
culture and sport

369

1.2

377

1.2

Job vacancies by the basic groups of occupations

Average in 2006

End of 4th quarter of 2006

Number of job vacancies

Rate of job vacancies, %

Number of job vacancies

Rate of job vacancies, %

Total

19157

1.9

20454

2.1

1. Legislators, senior officials and managers

912

0.8

1011

0.9

2. Professionals

3436

2.2

3610

2.3

3. Technicians and associate professionals

2445

1.7

2656

1.8

4. Clerks

1229

1.8

1214

1.8

5. Service workers and shop and market sales workers

2805

1.8

2792

1.8

6. Skilled agricultural and fishery workers

68

1.1

66

1.1

7. Craft and related trades workers

3613

2.7

4059

3.1

8. Plant and machine operators and assemblers

2580

2.8

2756

3.0

9. Elementary occupations

1991

1.7

2257

2.0

 

Average number of job vacancies by region at the end of 2006


Latvia

Riga

Pieriga region

Vidzeme region

Kurzeme region

Zemgale region

Latgale region

Total in the country

number of job vacancies

20454

13852

2458

787

1332

974

1051

rate of job vacancies, %

2.1

2.5

2.2

1.1

1.4

1.3

1.2

of which:

in the public sector

number of job vacancies

10000

7712

648

259

454

523

404

rate of job vacancies, %

3.1

4.8

2.0

0.9

1.4

1.8

1.0

budget-financed institutions

number of job vacancies

5907

4163

542

207

399

293

303

rate of job vacancies, %

2.7

4.6

2.2

0.9

1.5

1.3

1.0

central and local government enterprises

number of job vacancies

4093

3549

106

52

55

230

101

rate of job vacancies, %

3.8

5.0

1.3

1.0

0.9

3.2

1.1

private sector

number of job vacancies

10442

6130

1811

528

876

451

647

rate of job vacancies, %

1.6

1.6

2.3

1.2

1.3

1.0

1.3

 

Job vacancies by city and district in the public sector in 2006

Average in 2006

End of 4th quarter of 2006

Number
of job
vacancies

Rate of job vacancies,
%

Number
of job
vacancies

Rate of job vacancies,
%

Latvia

9351

2.9

10000

3.1

Riga

7157

4.4

7712

4.8

Daugavpils

198

1.4

203

1.4

Jelgava

297

3.5

332

4.0

Jurmala

206

3.6

231

4.0

Liepaja

190

2.0

223

2.3

Rezekne

51

1.0

38

0.8

Ventspils

70

1.6

73

1.6

Aizkraukle district

30

0.7

36

0.9

Aluksne district

19

0.7

18

0.6

Balvi district

33

1.0

24

0.7

Bauska district

43

1.0

37

0.8

Cesis district

55

0.8

48

0.8

Daugavpils district

21

0.6

17

0.5

Dobele district

23

0.6

32

0.8

Gulbene district

15

0.6

14

0.5

Jelgava district

12

0.4

8

0.3

Jekabpils district

67

1.1

78

1.3

Kraslava district

32

1.0

29

0.9

Kuldiga district

36

0.9

50

1.2

Liepaja district

20

0.5

27

0.6

Limbazi district

26

0.8

25

0.7

Ludza district

35

0.8

58

1.4

Madona district

16

0.3

13

0.3

Ogre district

64

1.3

72

1.5

Preili district

16

0.4

15

0.4

Rezekne district

21

0.5

20

0.5

Riga district

290

2.0

288

2.0

Saldus district

27

0.7

21

0.5

Talsi district

51

1.0

50

1.0

Tukums district

38

0.9

32

0.7

Valka district

57

1.5

31

0.9

Valmiera district

129

1.8

135

1.8

Ventspils district

7

0.6

9

0.8

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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
Social Statistics Department
Wages Statistics Section
Lija Luste
Tel. 7366917, Lija [dot] Luste [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv