The number of job vacancies has increased by one fifth; the number of occupied posts has also grown

18.09.2013

Data of Central Statistical Bureau show that the number of occupied posts in the country at the end of the first half of 2013 comprised 864.1 thousand, and, compared to the same period of the previous year, it has increased by 23.9 thousand or by 2.8%. In the private sector at the end of June of this year the number of occupied posts was 19.4 thousand or 3.5% more than a year ago reaching 575.4 thousand, but in the public sector the number of occupied posts increased by 4.5 thousand or 1.6% reaching 288.7 thousand.

Most rapidly the number of occupied posts rose in construction sector – by 6.9% (increase of 3.9 thousand), in information and communication sector – by 6.7% (1.5 thousand), in arts, entertainment and recreation sector – by 6.7% (1.4 thousand).

Changes in number of occupied posts over corresponding period of previous year by economic activity*

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

In major occupational groups the number of occupied posts most rapidly rose in major group of clerks – by 10.8% (increase of 4.5 thousand), in major group of professionals – by 10.2% (13.1thousand) and in major group of plant and machine operators and assemblers – by 9.5% (6.5 thousand).

Changes in number of occupied posts by major occupational groups

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

But the number of job vacancies at the end of the first half of 2013, compared to the same period of the previous year, has increased by 0.7 thousand or 21.4% reaching 3.9 thousand, of which 2.4 thousand in public sector and 1.6 thousand in private sector.

Job vacancy rate has risen from 0.4% at the end of the June of the last year to 0.5% at the end of the June of this year. In the public sector it has grown from 0.6% to 0.8%, but in the private sector has remained the same – 0.3%.

Occupied posts and job vacancies by sector

 

End of Q2

2012

End of Q1

2013 **

End of Q2

2013

Changes of  Q2 2013 as % of

Q1 2013

Q2 2012

Total in the country

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

840.2

846.0

864.1

+2.1%

+2.8%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

3.2

4.2

3.9

-5.9%

+21.4%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.4

0.5

0.5

 

 

 of which:

 

 

 

 

 

  In private sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

556.0

561.9

575.4

+2.4%

+3.5%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

1.4

1.9

1.6

-14.9%

+11.8%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.3

0.3

0.3

 

 

  In public sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

284.2

284.1

288.7

+1.6%

+1.6%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

1.8

2.3

2.4

+1.2%

+28.8%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.6

0.8

0.8

 

 

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Explanations

Data on occupied posts and job vacancies are acquired from the quarterly statistical reports on the activities of businesses, individual merchants, state and local government budgetary institutions, foundations, associations and funds as well as from administrative data sources. Only those peasant and fisherman farms employing 50 and more employees are included.

Data on statistical units of the private sector with less than 50 employees, associations and funds are acquired with random sampling, and obtained data with the help of weights are extrapolated on all population, as well as from administrative data sources.

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 job vacancy rate 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.

Absolute changes and percentage changes are calculated from the data not converted into thousands.

 

* Sections of economic activities of statistical classification NACE Rev. 2:

A - Agriculture, forestry and fishing;
B - Mining and quarrying;
C - Manufacturing;
D - Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply;
E - Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities;
F - Construction;
G - Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles;
H - Transportation and storage;
I - Accommodation and food service activities;
J - Information and communication;
K - Financial and insurance activities;
L - Real estate activities;
M - Professional, scientific and technical activities;
N - Administrative and support service activities;
O - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security;
P - Education;
Q - Human health and social work activities;
R - Arts, entertainment and recreation;
S - Other service activities

** Data are revised.

 

More information:
Lija Luste
Wages Statistics Section
Tel. +371 67366917