Labor force

As you are well aware, labor force is named between the most problematic aspects in Latvia's business environment in many respects. Moreover, at the beginning of this year AmCham Board highlighted labor force issues as one of AmCham's strategic priorities for this year. We have had numerous discussions, conversations and events throughout the year concerning the main challenges Latvia is facing in this respect and what could be AmCham and our member's role in tackling these issues. 

In April 2020 the Chamber conducted membership survey where members share their experience how they are dealing with legal aspects of remote work. Three main areas were highlighted: work conditions, well-being of employees and legal aspects. 56% of members admitted that there should be immediate revisions in the labor legislation related to remote work. View the presentation

On April 27, 2020 AmCham sent a letter to stakeholders calling to revise the existing programs and courses available for upskilling and retraining based on the real demand in the labor market at present and following the crisis. AmCham proposed to identify various solutions and technologies already available for use free of charge that can contribute to the skills needed and to introduce a new model of how skills are acquired - relevant for a digital society and economy. Proposals to improve the quality and content of upskilling and retraining programs are based on four stages: foundational skills, critical soft skills, technical skills and continued learning. To view them in ENG and LV.

Recognizing that labor shortage challenges are severely affecting the business and investment climate in Latvia, AmCham conducted a Labor Force survey (February 2019 - April 2019), about Latvia's labor market and attraction of talent. The goal of the survey was to collect our members' opinion on labor market challenges and their experience in attracting and retaining talent. As the result of the survey two priority areas were highlighted: Promoting Latvia as an international career destination and Developing skills to reduce labor market mismatch. The survey reveals how company executives perceive current employment issues, what they are doing to attract and retain talent and what should be done to promote Latvia as a career destination. The full results of this survey are available here.

The main findings together with hands-on recommendations will be communicated to various stakeholders during the launch event on June 21, 2019 at Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel.

As a member-driver organization we rely on members' expertise and initiative. Please do keep us informed about issues important for your business thus we can collectively address them.

If you wish to participate and contribute to this working group, please contact Liga Smildzina-Bertulsone by e-mail: .

AmCham is a 'must-join' organization for any company of scope or international ambition.

Karlis Cerbulis, Senior Vice President of NCH Advisors, Inc.