Number of occupied posts has increased by 16 thousand

18.03.2014

Data of Central Statistical Bureau show that the number of occupied posts in the country at the end of the second half of 2013 comprised 862.0 thousand, and compared to the same period of the previous year, it is an increase of 16.3 thousand or 1.9%. The number of occupied posts in the private sector at the end of December 2013 compared to December year before increased by 15.4 thousand or 2.8% reaching 575.4 thousand. In the public sector the number of occupied posts grew by 0.8 thousand or 0.3% reaching 286.6 thsd.

The number of occupied posts most rapidly rose in arts, entertainment and recreation sector – by 9.4% (increase of 2.2 thousand), in construction sector – by 6.3% (3.5 thousand) and in professional, scientific and technical activities – by 5.7% (2.0 thousand).

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

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Among major occupational groups the number of occupied posts most rapidly rose in major group of professionals  – by 11.2% (increase of 14.7 thousand), in major group of plant and machine operators and assemblers – by 7.9% (5.6 thousand) and in major group of managers – by 7.2% (5.6 thousand).

Changes in number of occupied posts by major occupational group

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

The number of job vacancies at the end of the second half of 2013, compared to the same period of the previous year, increased by 0.2 thousand or 5.9% reaching 3.7 thousand, of which 2.2 thousand in the public sector and 1.5 thousand in the private sector.

Job vacancy rate did not change and stayed at the level of 0.4%. In the public sector job vacancy rate grew from 0.7% at the end of December 2012 to 0.8% at the end of December 2013, while in the private sector it rose from 0.2% to 0.3%.

Occupied posts and job vacancies by sector

 

End of Q4 2012

End of Q3

2013

End of Q4 2013

Changes in 4th quarter 2013 as % of

3rd quarter 2013

4th qtr 2012

Total in the country

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

845.7

875.7

862.0

-1.6%

1.9%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

3.5

3.8

3.7

-3.5%

5.9%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.4

0.4

0.4

 

 

 of which:

 

 

 

 

 

  Private sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

560.0

592.5

575.4

-2.9%

2.8%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

1.3

1.6

1.5

-10.0%

8.4%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.2

0.3

0.3

 

 

  Public sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

285.7

283.3

286.6

1.2%

0.3%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

2.1

2.2

2.2

1.3%

4.3%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.7

0.8

0.8

 

 

More detailed information on job vacancies in breakdown by quarter is available in the CSB data base.

More information:
Ivo Milčs
Wages Statistics Section
Tel. +371 67366666

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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 fewer than 50 employees, associations and funds are acquired with random sampling, and obtained data with the help of weights are extrapolated on all population. Data are also acquired from several 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 more, 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 Transport 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

** Revised data.