In May 2020, 18.2 % of employees in Latvia worked remotely
Accordingly results of the Labour Force Survey carried out by the Central Statistical Bureau, in May 2020, almost one fifth (18.2 %) of employees aged 15–74 years worked remotely¹. Women working remotely were 22.8 percentage points more than men (61.4 % and 38.6 %, respectively).
In May, 23.9 % of employees had option to work remotely, but slightly more than three fourths (76.1 %) did not have this option. Only 5.8 % of employees having option to work remotely did not use it.
The largest share of persons working remotely were in age groups 25–34 years (26.3 %) and 45–54 years (26.1 %). The largest share of males working remotely (32.5 %) were aged 25–34 years, but females (34.2 %) – in age group 45-54 years.
In May 2020 the largest share of employees working remotely (20.8 %) in the total number of employees of the respective age group was observed in age group 25–34 years, but the smallest (14.9 %) in age group 35–44 years.
In May 2020 almost a half (47.0 %) of all employees working remotely were employed in trade and services sector (G–N)². Slightly less (43.5 %) of employees worked in other service sector (O–U). Only 8.4 % of all employees working remotely were employed in manufacturing (B–F).
Still, the largest (26.9 %) share of employees working remotely in the total number of employees of the respective kind of economic activity sector was observed in other service sector (O–U). Slightly more than one fifth (21.1 %) of employees engaged in trade and services sector (G–N) worked remotely. In manufacturing sector (B–F) only 6.2 % of employees worked remotely.
Most often (51.7 %) professionals³, two fifths (40.7 %) of managers and slightly more than one fourth (28.6 %) of technicians and associate professionals worked remotely. Only every eleventh (9.3 %) clerical support worker (office worker) or service and sales worker worked remotely.
Half (50.6 %) of employees working remotely, worked this way all working time in May, one fifth (20.5 %) – on a regular basis 3–5 days a week, 17.4 % – on a regular basis 1–2 days a week, and 6.8 % of employees – on a regular basis part of the working day or several hours.
In May 2020, 1.1 thousand of population aged 15–74 years in 787 households were surveyed in Labour Force Survey.
The latest data with statistical indicators of economic activity (employment and unemployment) on the 1st quarter of 2020 are available in the CSB database section “Employment and unemployment”.
¹ Remote work – the way work is carried out when employed 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.