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.