At the end of 2014 there were 556 posts at the CSB: 267 civil servants (48%), as well as 289 employees working on a contract basis (52%). It must be noted that 20.4% of employees like interviewers and price recorders have their offices in Kuldīga, Preiļi, Valmiera or some other places .
77% of CSB employees have higher education, of which 174 or 42% have Master's Degree. There are four doctors of science working in the institution. 23% of employees have secondary vocational or secondary education. The majority of employees (257 or 62%) have obtained higher education in economics and IT related fields, of which 20% – in statistics area, 47% – in economics/finances area, 21% – in management sciences and business administration, 13% – in IT field, but 38% of employees – in other fields of education (legal science, mathematics, sociology, etc.). During the last years turnover of personnel has increased significantly, and in 2014 it reached 10% (in 2011 – 4.5%, in 2012 – 5%, in 2013 – 9%). Last year the CSB has organised 81 personnel selection on civil servants and employees' posts resulting in an appointment of 23 employees, but work agreement was concluded with 29 employees. Not all selections on civil servants and employees' posts resulted in an appointment of employees: in 15 cases applicants did not have all necessary skills or knowledge to perform professional duties, in turn, in four selections no applicants applied, therefore, 19 selections ended fruitfully. After the selection was concluded five applicants refused from post offered. The main problem in recruitment is related to the attraction of specialists in IT field, as well as interviewers.
In order to ensure good governance and implementation of tasks of the structural units and to improve the skills of civil servants, in 2014, 6 civil servants were promoted, 4 of them to managment positions.
In 2014, 47 new employees commenced work at the CSB, in turn, 52 employees terminated service or labour relations.
In staff rotation process the CSB loses resources invested in retraining of staff, moreover, if highly qualified and professional employee terminates labour relations, new employee needs time to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for high-quality performance of official duties. Main reasons for termination of labour relations is uncompetitive wages in public sector, change of activity or place of residence, as well as rotation within the CSB.
In the future we will develop and improve current management system, basing on the united HR processes: system of selection, estimation, development and wages and salaries has been implemented, which promotes professionalism of all CSB employees irrespective of their post to ensure execution of key functions and tasks of the institution.
Professional development and training
To ensure high quality of work, employees have an opportunity to improve professional knowledge in courses. To ensure high-quality representation of statistical interests in the Eurostat work groups and committees, as well as to prepare for and successfully organize the EU Council Working Group on Statistics Meetings for Latvian Presidency in the EU Council, within the framework of European Statistical Training Programme, participants of the working group were ensured with suitable training courses in Latvia and abroad. Also internal trainings and information events are organized in the institution, which are conducted by recognized specialists of the certain area.
The CSB ensured 410 employees with training in 80 external trainings, as well as 1 119 employees participated in internal trainings (51), where CSB specialists shared their knowledge. Internal trainings for personnel conducted by specialists of the institution were organized on a regular basis for more effective performance of field tasks in work with data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination, of which workshop was organized for price recorders to discuss on current methodology and practical issues of price recording. On January 2014 there was organized training for statisticians of Valmiera Data Collection and Processing Centre on the report 1-industry, 1-energy, 1-energy (annex) and 2-EK. Also informative workshops are organized, where participants of European Statistical Training Programme ESTP inform other CSB employees on knowledge gained in training and latest trends in each topic of training.
CSB employees participated in Eurostat committees, working parties and task force meetings, as well as in the training of European statisticians and a high level international activities on the development and harmonisation of new statistical standards and methodology. Altogether 108 employees took part in 243 meetings (including 70 Eurostat working group meetings, 22 Eurostat task force meetings, 9 Eurostat committee meetings, 11 Council Working Party on Statistics meetings), of which 24 employees participated in 23 training courses.
Knowledge and skills of CSB experts are highly appreciated also a the international level. CSB experts provided training to the Jordanian Statistical Authority, State Statistics Service of Ukraine, shared their experience with a number of specialists from European statistical authorities – Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Macedonia.