Number of work permits issued in Lithuania doubles in Jan-Sept

January 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm 2 comments

WorkigLithuanian employment market is slowly changing.  Even though the balance of those who are leaving and those who are returning is changing to the returning ones, still, too many Lithuanians are leaving for the Western Europe.  Since the economy is surging new working places are created.

As the BNS reported despite falling unemployment and rising demand for labour in Lithuania, the country issued twice as many work permits to foreigners in the first nine months of last year as in the same period a year ago, an Economy Ministry report showed today.

The Lithuanian Labour Exchange granted 4,253 work permits to foreign nationals in January-September 2007, up from 2,050 permits a year earlier, according to the ministry’s latest Economic Overview report. Some 44 % of all foreign workers are employed in the transport sector, 31 % in the manufacturing sector, 20 percent in the construction sector and five percent in the services sector.

Foreign workers came to Lithuania from 23 countries, mostly from Ukraine (42 %) and Belarus (38 %).  As the BNS wrote the number of workers from Ukraine declined by 10 % over the reporting period, but the number of workers from Belarus increased by 18 %. The number of Moldovan nationals who came to work in Lithuania rose to account for nine percent of all foreign workers.

Today papers reported that there are not enough street cleaners.  I am still waiting for my Christmas Economist issue, since the post office is struggling with the post person.  Even though I live in the heart of Vilnius it seem that I will have to pick my the Economist myself…  Well, well…

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Economics, Lithuania, Northern Europe.

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