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 those relating to 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, by 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 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 on the basis of 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, most of them being part of international networks. In addition, a number of companies offer staffing and payroll-outsourcing services. 

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

Fast facts about labour market

  • 430 EUR - minimal salary
  • 1100 EUR - average gross salary (2020, Q1)
  • 65.4% or 0.982 million economically active (age 15-64) people

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