Number of occupied posts has increased by 7 thousand or 0.8%

17.03.2017

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of 2016 in Latvia there were 884.4 thousand occupied posts, and, compared to the end of 2015, the number thereof has grown by 7.0 thousand or 0.8 %.  During the year, the number of occupied posts in private sector rose by 10.6 thousand or 1.8 %, reaching 595.6 thousand. In the 4th quarter of 2016, the number of occupied posts in public sector accounted for 288.8 thousand – a decrease of 3.6 thousand or 1.2 %, compared to the corresponding period of 2015.

Occupied posts and by sector

 

End of

Q4 2015, thsd

End of

Q3 2016, thsd

End of

Q4 2016, thsd

Changes of the end of

Q4 2016, %

 

compared to Q3 2016

compared to Q4 2015

Total

877.4

895.4

884.4

-1.2

0.8

of which:

 

 

 

 

 

  in private sector

585.0

609.3

595.6

-2.2

1.8

  in public sector

292.4

286.1

288.8

0.9

-1.2

Over the year, the number of occupied posts amongst plant and machine operators and assemblers increased by 3.7 %, among managers by 3.3 %, among technicians and associate professionals by 2.9 %, among professionals and elementary occupations by 1.6 %, and among clerical support workers by 0.9 %. Reduction, in its turn, was observed in the number of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (of 13.9 %), craft and related trades workers (of 3.7 %) and service and sales workers (1.8 %).

Annual changes in number of occupied posts by major occupational group

 

The most notable increase in the number of occupied posts was recorded in information and communication sector (of 9.5 % or 2.7 thousand) as well as water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (of 7.3 % or 0.5 thousand).Mining and quarrying sector indicates the sharpest decline in the number of occupied posts – of 2.5 %. Significant reduction was observed also in construction and other services sectors – 2.1 % in each.

Occupied posts by main kind of economic activity

Sections of NACE Rev.2

Q4 2015

Q4 2016

Changes, %

Agriculture, forestry and fishing (A)

20.64

20.40

-1.2

Mining and quarrying (B)

2.42

2.36

-2.5

Manufacturing (C)

109.69

110.69

0.9

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (D)

13.55

13.61

0.4

Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (E)

7.47

8.02

7.3

Construction (F)

54.61

53.47

-2.1

Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (G)

145.94

145.15

-0.5

Transportation and storage (H)

76.01

76.58

0.8

Accommodation and food service activities (I)

31.35

31.51

0.5

Information and communication (J)

28.60

31.34

9.5

Financial and insurance activities (K)

18.59

18.59

0.0

Real estate activities (L)

26.64

27.61

3.7

Professional, scientific and technical activities (M)

40.90

41.49

1.4

Administrative and support service activities (N)

35.37

36.62

3.5

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (O)

61.75

62.69

1.5

Education (P)

99.33

98.62

-0.7

Health and social work (Q)

64.64

65.27

1.0

Arts, entertainment and recreation (R)

24.68

25.55

3.5

Other service activities (S)

15.13

14.81

-2.1

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

 

At the end of 2016, there were 14.4 thousand job vacancies in Latvia; compared to the end of 2015, the number thereof has grown by 4.3 thousand. The number of job vacancies constituted 5.6 thousand in public sector and 8.8 thousand in private sector. Out of the total number of jobs in the country 1.6 % were vacant, 2.0 % of which in public sector and 1.5 % in private sector. The highest job vacancy rate was recorded among craft and related trades workers (1.9 %), technicians and associate professionals (1.8 %), and elementary occupations (1.8 %).

At the end of 2015, the job vacancy data collection process was improved, therefore data on the period before the 4th quarter of 2015 are not comparable with the latest information. To ensure data comparability, job vacancy statistics time series will be recalculated until the end of June 2017.

More information on occupied posts and job vacancies Latvia is available in the CSB website section Occupied Posts and Job Vacancies, Paid Working Hours –Key Indicators. Statistics on occupied posts and job vacancies in 2016 and 4th quarter of 2016 are published in the database section Occupied Posts and Job Vacancies, Paid Working Hours (Short term statistical data and Annual statistical data).

 

Methodological 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 the nearest time. The job vacancy rate is calculated in per cent, by dividing the number of job vacancies by the total number of posts (occupied + vacant).

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

Private sector includes commercial companies with central or local government capital participation of up to 50 %, commercial companies of all types without central or local government capital participation, individual merchants, and agricultural holdings and fishermen farms employing with 50 and more persons.

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.

 

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More information on data:
Andžejs Čerņavskis
Wages Statistics Section
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