Job vacancies in 2nd quarter of 2007

06.09.2007

At the end of 2nd quarter of 2007, the number of job vacancies in the country was 21.4 thsd which is more by 17.4.1% in comparison with 2nd quarter of previous year, according to the Central Statistical Bureau. The rate of job vacancies in this period increased from 1.9% to 2.1%.

The increase of job vacancies was higher in the public sector – 22.1%, but in the private sector it was 12.6%.

The rate of job vacancies vas higher in the public sector – 3.3% (11.0 thsd vacancies), but lower in the private sector – 1.5% (10.4 thsd).

In breakdown by kind of activity the highest rate of job vacancies was in public administration and defence; compulsory social insurance with 5.2% (4.6 thsd job vacancies) followed by transport, storage and communication with 2.9% (2.6 thsd), manufacturing with 2.7% (4.4 thsd), health and social work with 2.4% (1.4 thsd).

The number of job vacancies in country at the end 2nd quarter of 2007, compared to 2nd quarter of 2006, mostly increased in public administration and defence; compulsory social insurance- by 0.9 thsd job vacancies, Real estate, renting and business activities, computer services, science and other commercial services- by 0.6 thsd job vacancies, manufacturing and education- by 0.4 thsd job vacancies in each sector, construction and trade- by 0.3 thsd job vacancies in each sector.

The largest number of job vacancies in the basic groups of professions was among qualified workers and craftsmen- 4.0 thsd or 18.8% from all job vacancies, as well as among senior specialists- 4.0 thsd or 18.5%, and among specialists- 3.3 thsd or 15.3%.

An analysis of data by region shows that the highest rate of vacancies at the 2nd quarter of 2007 was in Riga (2.5%) and the Pieriga region (2.1%). In Riga were 14.8 thsd vacancies. The lowest rate of job vacancies was in Latgale region (1.0%).

Within the private sector, the highest rate of job vacancies was in the Pieriga region (2.1%) while in the other regions it ranged from 0.7% to 1.5%.

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 (4.3%), Jelgava (3.7%), and in the district of Riga (2.2%).

Compared to1st quarter of this year, the number of job vacancies in the 2nd quarter decreased by 0.3 thsd job vacancies or by 1.5%. The most rapid decrease in the job vacancies in this period was in public administration and defence; compulsory social insurance – by 0.3 thsd job vacancies, in trade, hotels and restaurants- totally, by 0.2 thsd job vacancies. While the largest increase of job vacancies was in education- by 0.3 thsd.

Rate of job vacancies

End of 2nd quarter 2006

End of 2nd quarter 2007

Total in the country

 

 

Number of job vacancies

18252

21433

rate of job vacancies, %

1.9

2.1

 

 

of which:

 

 

in the public sector

 

 

 

number of job vacancies

8980

10969

 

rate of job vacancies, %

2.8

3.3

budget-financed institutions

 

 

 

 

number of job vacancies

5354

6837

 

 

rate of job vacancies, %

2.5

3.1

central and local government commercial companies

 

 

 

 

number of job vacancies

3626

4132

 

 

rate of job vacancies, %

3.3

3.9

private sector

 

 

 

number of job vacancies

9271

10437

 

rate of job vacancies, %

1.4

1.5

 

Job vacancies by kind of activity

End of 2nd quarter 2006

End of 2nd quarter 2007

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Number
of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Total

18252

1.9

21433

2.1

Agriculture, hunting and forestry

267

1.2

304

1.3

Fishing

-

-

4

0.3

Industry – Total

4287

2.3

4696

2.6

 

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

 

mining and quarrying

85

2.5

29

0.8

 

 

manufacturing

4023

2.4

4404

2.7

 

 

electricity, gas and water supply

179

1.2

263

1.8

Construction

866

1.2

1201

1.4

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

2107

1.1

2408

1.2

Hotels and restaurants

363

1.2

173

0.5

Transport, storage and communication

2543

2.9

2563

2.9

 

 

of which land transport; transport via pipelines

1828

3.6

1870

3.6

Financial intermediation

330

1.5

474

1.9

Real estate, renting and business activities

1294

1.5

1865

1.8

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

3660

4.5

4575

5.2

Education

684

0.7

1105

1.1

Health and social work

1284

2.3

1392

2.4

Other community, social and personal service activities

566

1.1

672

1.2

 

 

of which recreation,
culture and sport

413

1.4

475

1.3

 

Job vacancies and rate of job vacancies by basic groups of professions

Basic groups of the profession classification in the Republic of Latvia

End of 2nd quarter of 2007

End of 2nd quarter of 2007

Number of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Number of job vacancies

Rate of
job vacancies, %

Total

18252

1.9

21433

2.1

1. Legislators, senior state officers, clerks in the position of chairman and chairmen

866

0.8

1048

0.9

2. senior specialists

3306

2.2

3972

2.5

3. Specialists

2198

1.5

3273

2.0

4. employees

1141

1.7

1112

1.6

5. workers of service and trade

2740

1.8

2648

1.6

6. Qualified workers of agriculture and fisheries

79

1.2

134

1.7

7. qualified workers and craftsmen

3391

2.5

4033

2.9

8. operators of equipment and machinery and fitters of articles

2671

2.9

2700

3.0

9. simple professions

1740

1.5

2289

1.8

 

Average number of job vacancies by region at the end of 2nd quarter of 2007

Latvia

Riga

Pieriga region

Vidzeme region

Kurzeme region

Zemgale region

Latgale region

Total in the country

number of job vacancies

21433

14801

2510

801

1214

1165

943

rate of job vacancies, %

2.1

2.5

2.1

1.1

1.2

1.5

1.0

of which:

in the public sector

number of job vacancies

10969

8448

719

279

415

526

582

rate of job vacancies, %

3.3

5.1

2.2

1.0

1.3

1.8

1.4

budget-financed institutions

number of job vacancies

6837

4852

565

216

393

381

430

rate of job vacancies, %

3.1

5.2

2.2

0.9

1.6

1.7

1.3

central and local government enterprises

number of job vacancies

4132

3596

154

63

22

145

152

rate of job vacancies, %

3.9

5.0

2.0

1.3

0.3

2.2

1.7

private sector

number of job vacancies

10437

6340

1791

518

791

637

361

rate of job vacancies, %

1.5

1.5

2.1

1.2

1.2

1.4

0.7

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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 organizations and commercial companies thereof. Information in this report is shown excluding public organizations and commercial companies thereof

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

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.

Prepared by Wages Statistics Section
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