Number of occupied posts slightly increases over the year

19.03.2015

Data of Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of 2014 there were 867.9 thsd occupied posts in Latvia, which is 5.9 thsd posts or 0.7% more than at the end of 2013. Over the year the number of occupied posts in private sector1 grew by 2.2 thsd or 0.4%, reaching 577.6 thsd posts. In public sector2 there were 290.3 thsd occupied posts, which is 3.8 thsd or 1.3% more than in the corresponding period of 2013.

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)

1.9

Mining and quarrying (B)

-1.1

Manufacturing (C)

-2.5

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

-0.6

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

-0.9

Construction (F)

-3.9

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

0.7

Transportation and storage (H)

-0.4

Accommodation and food service activities (I)

4.8

Information and communication (J)

8.5

Financial and insurance activities (K)

-1.7

Real estate activities (L)

3.3

Professional, scientific and technical activities (M)

2.5

Administrative and support service activities (N)

2.9

Public administration and defence, compulsory social security (O)

0.8

Education (P)

1

Health and social work (Q)

6.7

Arts, entertainment and recreation (R)

-3.9

Other service activities (S)

1.1

The most rapid growth in the number of occupied posts was recorded in the following sectors: in information and communication sector (of 8.5% or 2.0 thsd), in health and social work activities (of 6.7% or 3.9 thsd), in accommodation and food service activities (of 4.8% or 1.4 thsd).

In breakdown by major occupational group, the number of occupied posts rose most rapidly in major group of skilled agricultural workers (by 6.8% or 0.4 thsd), in major group of service workers (by 5.0% or 6.7 thsd), in major group of professionals (by 4.1% or 6.1 thsd).

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

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Compared to the end of 2013, the number of job vacancies at the end of 2014 had decreased by 0.4 thsd vacancies or by 9.5%, and accounted for 3.3 thsd. 2.2 thsd of job vacancies were registered in public sector, and 1.1 thsd in private sector.

Compared to the end of 2013 job vacancy rate in the country in total and in public sector has not changed and accounts for 0.4% and 0.8%, respectively. In private sector it decreased from 0.3% registered at the end of 2013 to 0.2% at the end of 2014.

Occupied posts and job vacancies by sector

 

end of Q4

2013

end of Q3

20143

end of Q4

2014

Changes in Q4 as % of

Q3

2014

Q4

2013

Total in the country

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

862.0

890.7

867.9

-2.6%

0.7%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

3.7

3.6

3.3

-7.0%

-9.5%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.4

0.4

0.4

 

 

 of which:

 

 

 

 

 

  Private sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

575.4

594.3

577.6

-2.8%

0.4%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

1.5

1.4

1.1

-18.9%

-22.6%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.3

0.2

0.2

 

 

  Public sector

 

 

 

 

 

   Number of occupied posts, thsd

286.6

296.4

290.3

-2.0%

1.3%

   Number of job vacancies, thsd

2.2

2.2

2.2

0.5%

-1.0%

   Job vacancy rate, %

0.8

0.7

0.8

 

 

More information on occupied posts in Latvia is available in the CSB database section Occupied Posts and Job Vacancies, Paid Working Hours.

 

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

 

Explanations.

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.

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 three months. 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.