Talent attraction

Legal framework

Employment relationships in Latvia are regulated by the Labour Law, which transposes many aspects of EU employment law and social policy directives, such as equal treatment, collective redundancy, working hours, and rest breaks. Monitoring of Labour Law compliance is executed by the State Labour Inspectorate and representatives of employers and trade unions.

Finding the best talents

Employee selection in Latvia is performed by the head of the company, an employee responsible for HR, or with the help of a recruitment company. Foreign companies and investors most often use the services of a recruitment company, or publish job advertisements in leading job portals and perform the in-house selection. When creating a job advertisement, the requirements prescribed by the Labour Law must be taken into account: it is illegal to discriminate based on age, sex, ethnic origin, etc., and the name and contact details of the employer or recruitment company must be clearly stated.

The State Employment Agency (Nodarbinātības valsts aģentūra (NVA)) licenses the operations of recruitment companies in Latvia. A list of licensed companies is published on the NVA’s website: www.nva.lv. Around ten professional recruitment companies in Latvia offer high-quality and value-for-money recruitment services, and most of them are part of international networks. In addition, several companies conduct staffing and payroll outsourcing services. 

Candidate selection takes 4-6 weeks, depending on the nature and seniority of the position.

Fast facts about the labour market

  • 500 EUR - minimal salary in 2021
  • 1300 EUR - average gross salary in 2021
  • 65.4% or 0.982 million economically active (age 15-64) people

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