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A year after graduation of higher education institution four out of five graduates work

Data* compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) shows that at the end of 2018, 81.4 % of graduates 2017 were employed, 2.9 % of graduates had registered unemployed status, but 8.2 % – were economically inactive. To assess next steps of graduates of higher education institutions after graduation, the CSB has carried out data analysis of economic activity and employment of graduates 2017 as it was at the end of 2018.

In terms of occupation, State Border Guard College and National Defence Academy of Latvia graduates 2017 were leaders, who all were working after graduation of studies. More than 90 % of graduates were employed a year after they attained education in the following higher education institutions – Fire Safety and Civil Protection College, State Police College, Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia, Rēzekne branch of P.Stradins Medical College, Riga 1. Medicine College, College of Accounting and Finance.

In the largest higher education institutions in Latvia the largest share of employment was among graduates of Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (89 %), which was followed by graduates of University of Latvia (85 %) and Riga Technical University (81 %).

In 11 higher education institutions of Latvia share of graduates – registered unemployed was higher than share of registered unemployed Latvian population of working age in 2018 – 5.1 %.

Share of unemployed graduates in five higher education institutions (Management College, Olaine College of Mechanics and Technologies, Social Integration State Agency, BA School of Business and Finance and Jekabpils Agrobusiness College) exceeded even 10 %.

Employment indicators of graduates 2017 as it was at the end of 2018


Visualisation - Employment indicators of graduates 2017 as it was at the end of 2018


The largest number of employed – in agriculture and education programmes

In 2018 leaders in employment were graduates of agriculture and education sectors – 90.3 % of agriculture programmes graduates and 89.3 % of education programmes graduates were employed a year after graduation. However, these are programmes with the smallest number of graduates, as compared to other programmes. While less frequently graduates of humanities and arts programmes, as well as social sciences, business and law programmes (employment level – 73.2 % and 79.5 %, respectively) were working in the next year after graduation.

Graduates of health and welfare programmes most often continue work in sector of their studies

Majority of graduates of health and welfare programmes worked in direction chosen:

  • 98.3 % of dentistry studies graduates worked as dentists or dental assistants and therapists;
  • 87 % of medical studies worked as doctors or health care specialists;
  • 70.7 % of welfare studies graduates worked as social well-being managers, professionals of social work and consultations, social work specialists;

78 % of education studies graduates worked as professionals or managers in education area. Graduates in physical science and life science studies continued work as scientists, professionals and technicians and associate professionals in sciences – 58.5 % and 51.5 %, respectively.

More information is available in informative leaflet “Graduates monitoring results. Data on graduates 2017”.

*For analysis information from administrative data sources was used. No data available on the rest 7.5 % in registers – for some residence permits were granted only for the period of studies, some do not have personal code, etc. Data on employment and income of graduates of higher education institutions in 2017 as it was in 2018 are available here:


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