Skandinavian countries – the temptation for Latvian job hunters

In these countries there is no concrete minimum wage per hour, day or month, but in cooperation with employers and trade unions there are set minimum wages in each sector. But the wage is very unlikely to be lower than 10 euros per hour before taxes,but an exception might be a seasonal work. This is also confirmed by in Norway living Latvians. People receive an average of 125-140 kronas, or 10-12 lats per hour before taxes( this is about 14 -16 euros per hour). The duties average duration is 7 hours. There are double pay for working in holidays.”
As shown by the SEA data, job seekers in the Latvia more often request vacancies in agriculture, wood processing, transport, construction industry, in Sweden – the forestry works, Norway and Finland – jobs in hotels and restaurants. There is also an interest of job vacancies for oil rigs in Norway, and the various engineering professions.
Latvian job seekers most demanded destination is Britain. Previously the leader were immediately followed by Ireland, however, unemployment in the Green Island became the same as in Latvia.

Norway and Sweden have always been in a top 6 SEA, while Denmark appeard among them just last year, when the labor movement in May opened the labor market. This means that to start working in this Scandinavian country became much easier, because it was no necessary to get a work permit. Since the end of last year Finland is also one of the most demanded countries where to go job seeking.

Factors why people are making such decision.

Main factors and their combinations, which leads to the decision to go to work in Ireland, are six. First, economic considerations: low wages, unemployment, lack of opportunities are also essential, but typically, the decision to go to work in Ireland are taken on economical considerations combined with problems in personal life, work, domestic problems and other factors. Very important are also the working conditions of the environment in which people are living, as well as state, local and family support networks (or, conversely, the lack of them). Secondly, the pressure factor is the quality of life differences between Latvia and Ireland. Third, the motivating factor for emigration is the failure to find a job immediately after school, university or inability to pay for the study. Fourth, in addition to the salary issue as a problem is also considered an employer and a discriminatory attitude against the employees. The important reasons are the “envelope wages”, and generally low level of social guarantees. Legally working in the EU, migrants from the Latvia enjoy relatively greater rights. Fifth, the Latvian lack of easily accessible information on job opportunities and accurate information for professionals demand immediate and distant future. Finally, the extra motivation to go to work abroad are also notions of Western labor benefits and myths about “the paradise”, which in reality is not confirmed.

3 thoughts on “Skandinavian countries – the temptation for Latvian job hunters

  1. Generally I am surprised that the Skandinavian countries make the calculation of the minimum wage between employers and trade unions. It seems very fair, because the salary should depend on required qualifications and job difficulties. I really like it because in my country there is a fixed rate of minimum wage established by government for all sectors of work. As for the motivation to go to work abroad I think you showed all reasons. A similar situation exists in Poland and other new accession countries to the EU.

  2. In addition,you’ve just presented almost all and the most important reasons of working migration. Comparing this to situation in Poland, it’s not suprising that people go to other countries to work, if they get at least 10euro/h. On the other hand we have to mention that maybe at scandinavian countries wages are higher than in the other parts of Europe but the costs of living are much more expensive.

  3. These are difinitely the most important reasons for people to go looking for a job abroad.
    The last reason you discussed, about the ‘paradise’ idea, is the one I hear a lot. Especially people from ‘poor’ countries with a low employmeny rate, use to think that of most European countries. They think that money grows on trees or that they could find money on the ground, only by going there. It’s not surprising if you look at the differences (of wages they get per hour f.e.) between their own country and the most European countries. But they don’t know that only living in the European countries is much more expensive than they thought it would be.
    The world is unfair and it will always be.


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