Lithuania reducing wages gap with UK, Ireland

October 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm 6 comments

As the BNS reported the gap between wages of skilled employees in Lithuania and UK or Ireland has narrowed this year; the wages survey of international consultancy Hay Group has shown.

The wages of skilled employees in Lithuania are three times less than those in the UK and four times less than the wages in Ireland.

Last year the difference was 4 times and 4.75 times, respectively.

“The comparison of wages in Lithuania and abroad shall also include living costs. In countries, which are chosen for emigration by our compatriots the most often, life is more expensive than in Lithuania. When considering that, the situation is way more different – the gap between wages in Lithuania and Ireland narrows to 2 times, in Lithuania and the UK – to 1.5 times,” Neda Songinaite, Hay Group CEO for the Baltic countries, said at a news conference on Wednesday and the BNS informed.

As shown by the survey, the wages of employees at Lithuanian companies controlled by local investors were 18 percent below those paid at international companies. Last year that gap was 20 percent, in 2006 – 26 percent.

More than 200 Lithuanian companies have taken part in Hay Group’s survey this year.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Economics, Estonia, EU, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vilniaus Meras  |  October 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    everything is fine with that. but 200% is still better than 100%.

  • 2. palpinao  |  October 13, 2008 at 3:40 am

    he wages of skilled employees in Lithuania are three times less than those in the UK and four times less than the wages in Ireland.
    that’s wy we are moving there.

  • 3. Dan  |  November 17, 2008 at 6:02 am

    To palpinao :
    I’m Irish. My fiancee is Lithuanian, some of my best friends are Lithuanian.

    When I ask people why they left Lithuania, money is usually number 2.
    The number 1 reason is because the people are so unfriendly.

    I’ve been to Kaunas twice on holidays. The people there are so unfriendly. I say Labas to them and they look at me like they want to kill me. In Ireland, you say hello to people even if you don’t know them, its nothing strange.

    I was shocked in Lithuania, when i held the door open for people, they crashed into me and not even ‘a ty proshau”.
    I realise there can be one or two bad eggs, but in Kaunas, it seems there may be one or two good eggs. They have no respect.
    The friends and family of my girlfriend were extremely nice however, all of them explained to me that this is just the Lithuanian way.

    In Vilnius, people were more friendly. But I dread the thought of going back to Kaunas! Kaunas doesn’t like tourists!

  • 4. Dan  |  November 17, 2008 at 6:09 am


    I was surpised at the affluence of Lithuania when I visited 2 months ago. Lots of people driving nice cars and everybody has nice clothes.
    There was a big increase in wealth since the first time I had visited.
    And when i went to Akropolis, there were lots of young people in the resteraunts at all times, nobody seem to have to work.

    If i could speak Lithuanian, i would love to try live there for 1 year for the experience. I am told its not possible to get a job without fluent Lithuanian however, especially in my industry – computers.

  • 5. Emigrant from Lithuania  |  December 5, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Lithunian people leave Lithuania becouse of one reason, money. Unless they have a problem with police :DDD

  • 6. abdullah  |  December 28, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Fuck Kaunas, they call everyone “gaidziai” (pronounced “guyjay”) which indirectly means “cocks”, but actually it means “low life losers” or even “silly gays”. They call “guyjay” everyone, especially visitors from Vilnius. Kaunas has this “criminal sportsman” attitude, a very nasty one. Very rude people indeed, and dangerous. Siauliai (showlay) guys are similar in attitude to Kaunas in some way. Avoid.


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