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.

The first meeting of this work group was held on November 8, 2017

On November 22, 2017, the Chamber send out a position letter to the state officials (Prime Minister of Latvia, Minister of Welfare of Latvia, Minister of Justice of Latvia, Ombudsman of Latvia and Secretary of National Trilateral Cooperation Council) regarding the necessary amendments to the Labor Law. In the position letter AmCham suggested to pay the attention to the amendments to the Labor Law, which have been decided not to put to the Cabinet of Ministers for subsequent consideration in the Saeima during the Cabinet Committee meeting on June 5, 2017, but to direct for consideration at the meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council. To view the letter in English and in Latvian

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: .

Membership is an attestation that we belong to the modern Latvian business community.

Dace Silava-Tomsone, Managing Partner, COBALT