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NVA Services Labour Market Situation in Latvia Mr Maris Ginters 28 August 2008. Latvia and its Labour Market. State area : 64 589 km ² , Population : 2 273 1 00 Capital city : Riga Regions : Kurzeme, Zemgale, Vidzeme, Latgale. Falling unemployment, rising employment

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NVA Services

Labour Market Situation in Latvia

Mr Maris Ginters

28 August 2008


Latvia and its labour market
Latvia and its Labour Market

State area: 64 589 km²,

Population: 2 273100

Capital city: Riga

Regions: Kurzeme, Zemgale, Vidzeme, Latgale

Falling unemployment, rising employment

  • Unemployment: from 13,1% in 2001 to 5,1% in July 2008

  • Employment: from 58,6% in 2001 to 68,4% in 2007

    Difficulties, spheres of development

  • Regional differences (employment, economical activity)

  • Intensive external mobility, underdeveloped internal mobility

  • Difficulties for employers to compete with salaries in other EU countries

  • Permanent interest about labour force from the third countries





Facts about nva
Facts about NVA Market Measures 2007

  • NVAisan institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia (founded on April 17, 1991) and works in accordance with the Public Agency Law.

  • NVA implements state policy in the field of unemployment reduction and job seeker support. The NVA work is regulated by the Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No 425 “By-Law of the State Employment Agency” (July 29, 2003)

  • Mission: to become a bridge connecting employers and employees reducing unemployment and stimulating employment in Latvia

  • Functions: working with clients – employers, unemployed, job seekers; career counselling; international relations and EURES; provision of public awareness; improvement of the NVA services; European Social Fund; improvement of normative documents; capacity building; budget planning and control of financial expenditure

  • Director:Ms. Baiba Paševica

  • Structure: Central Office (6 Departments, 19 Divisions), 27 Local Employment Offices (25 Sectors)

  • Staff: ~ 800 employees


Nva structure
NVA Structure Market Measures 2007


Nva services to employers
NVA Market Measures 2007Services to Employers

  • Legal consultations

  • Registration of vacancies and finding of suitable employees

  • Training of unemployed

  • Paid temporary works

  • Work practice at an enterprise (Subsidized employment)

  • Summer employment for pupils

  • Work trials

  • Integrated inclusion programme (pilot project)

  • EURES services when looking for foreign workers (EU/EEA countries)

  • Organization of a dialogue between employers and unemployed

  • Approval of work invitations and harmonization of work-performance contracts (employment of third-country nationals)


Nva services for unemployed job seekers employees
NVA Services for Unemployed Market Measures 2007, Job-seekers, Employees

For Unemployed:

  • vocational training, retraining and measures of improvement of professional skills;

  • support and motivation measures for raising of competitiveness, int. al. modular training;

  • paid temporary works;

  • information on vacancies free of charge;

  • information about opportunities to work abroad (EURES).

    For Employees:

  • support and motivation measures for raising of competitiveness, int. al. modular training;

  • information on vacancies and information on rights and duties of unemployed and job-seekers (free of charge);

  • information about opportunities to work abroad (EURES);

  • Measures to facilitate a start-up of business activities and a self-employment


Nva strategic development areas 2008 2010
NVA strategic development areas (2008 – 2010) Market Measures 2007

  • Development and implementation of flexible system of the NVAservices;

  • Development of efficient management system;

  • Development of professional and motivated staff;

  • Improvement of IT infrastructure and easy-to-use data bases;

  • Development of efficient communication with society and clients;

  • Development of employer-orientated policy;

  • Provision of activity of ESF collaboration institutions for efficient financial administration.


Thank you for your time! Market Measures 2007

Maris [email protected]


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