Number of occupied posts increases by one thousand

18.09.2015

Data of Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of first half of 2015 there were 874.5 thsd occupied posts in Latvia, which is 1 thsd posts or 0.1% more than at the end of first half of 2014. Over the year the number of occupied posts in private sector1 reduced by 3.2 thsd or 0.6%, reaching 583.3 thsd posts. In public sector2 there were 291.1 thsd occupied posts, which is 4.2 thsd or 1.5% more than in the corresponding period of 2014.

The most rapid growth in the number of occupied posts was registered in the following sectors: in accommodation and food service activities (of 6.6% or 2.0 thsd), in health and social work activities (of 4.7% or 2.9 thsd), in administrative and support service activities sector (of 4.0% or 1.3 thsd).

Changes in the number of occupied posts by economic activity

Occupied posts, thsd

Sectors according to NACE Rev.2

Changes, %

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Agriculture, forestry and fishing (A)

-1.1

Mining and quarrying (B)

1.9

Manufacturing (C)

-3.8

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

-1.4

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

-2.2

Construction (F)

-7.0

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

0.2

Transportation and storage (H)

-0.2

Accommodation and food service activities (I)

6.6

Information and communication (J)

3.3

Financial and insurance activities (K)

1.1

Real estate activities (L)

0.6

Professional, scientific and technical activities (M)

0.7

Administrative and support service activities (N)

4.0

Public administration and defence, compulsory social security (O)

1.5

Education (P)

1.6

Health and social work (Q)

4.7

Arts, entertainment and recreation (R)

0.6

Other service activities (S)

-1.8

In major occupational groups the number of occupied posts most rapidly rose in major group of professionals – by 4.8% (increase of 7.1 thsd posts), in major group of service workers – by 2.5% (1.0 thsd posts) and in major group of elementary occupations – by 2.2% (3.3 thsd posts).

Annual changes in the number of occupied posts by major occupational group

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Compared to the end of first half of 2014, the number of job vacancies at the end of first half 2015 had increased by 0.4 thsd vacancies or by 9.5% reaching for 4.2 thsd. 2.6 thsd of job vacancies were recorded in public sector, and 1.6 thsd in private sector.

As compared to the end of first half of 2014, share of job vacancies in the total number of jobs in the country (job vacancy rate) has grown from 0.4% to 0.5%. In the public sector it has grown from 0.8% to 0.9%, but in the private sector has remained the same – 0.3%.

Occupied posts and job vacancies by sector

 

end of Q2

2014

end

of Q1

20153

end

of Q2

2015

 Changes of 2th quarter as % of

Q1

2015

Q2

2014

Total in the country

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

873.5

865.7

874.5

1.0%

0.1%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

3.9

4.0

4.2

4.5%

9.5%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.4

0.5

0.5

 

 

 of which:

 

 

 

 

 

  Private sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

586.6

574.9

583.3

1.5%

-0.6%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

1.5

1.5

1.6

6.9%

5.6%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.3

0.3

0.3

 

 

  Public sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

287.0

290.8

291.1

0.1%

1.5%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

2.3

2.6

2.6

3.0%

12.0%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.8

0.9

0.9

 

 

More information on wages and salaries in Latvia is available in the CSB database section  „Occupied Posts and Job Vacancies”.

 

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 with 50 and more employees.
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.
Revised data.

 

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 agricultural holdings and fisherman farms that employ 50 and more employees have been included.

Data on statistical units of the private sector with fewer than 50 employees, associations and funds are acquired with random sampling, and the 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 the nearest time. Job vacancy rate is calculated in per cent, by dividing the number of job vacancies by the total number of posts (occupied + vacant).

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

 

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