In April 2020, 22 % of employees in Latvia worked remotely
Accordingly results of the Labour Force Survey carried out by the Central Statistical Bureau, in April 2020, slightly more than one fifth (22.0 %) of employees aged 15–74 years worked remotely¹. Due to the emergency situation the number of persons working remotely increased eight times (148.4 thousand), previously that was done only by 19.0 thousand employees. Women working remotely were 27.0 percentage points more than men (63.5 % and 36.5 %, respectively).
In April, 27.4 % employees had option to work remotely, but almost three fourths (72.6 %) did not have this option. Only 5.4 % of employees having option to work remotely did not use it.
The largest share of persons working remotely (27.0 %) were aged 45–54 years. The largest share of males working remotely (29.6 %) were aged 25–34 years, but females (26.8 %) – in age group 35–44 years.
In April 2020 the largest share of employees working remotely (24.3 %) in the total number of employees was observed in age group 25–34 years, but the smallest (16.7 %) in age group 55–64 years.
One fourth (25.5 %) of all persons working remotely in April 2020 were employed in education. In financial and insurance activities 17.1 % of employees worked. The smallest share (7.1 %) of all employees working remotely was observed in manufacturing sector (B–F).
The largest (85.2 %) share of employees working remotely in the total number of employees in the respective kind of economic activity (sector) was observed in financial and insurance activity. Slightly more than a half (55.8 %) of persons employed in education and 53.1 % employed in information and communication services worked remotely. The smallest (6.9 %) share of employees working remotely was observed in manufacturing sector (B–F).
Most often (56.2 %) professionals³, two fifths (39.9 %) of managers and slightly less (36.2 %) technicians and associate professionals worked remotely. Only every eleventh (9.2 %) clerical support worker (office worker) or service and sales worker worked remotely.
Almost two thirds (64.3 %) of employees working remotely, worked this way all working time in April, one fifth (20.5 %) – on a regular basis 3–5 days a week, 6.8 % – on a regular basis 1–2 days a week, and 6.5 % of employees – on a regular basis part of the working day or several hours.
In April 2020, 1.4 thousand of population aged 15–74 years in 996 households were surveyed in Labour Force Survey.
¹ Remote work – the way work is carried out when employee might do it within the enterprise, but carries it out independently or on a regular basis outside the employer's enterprise using information and communication technologies.