Government simplifies conditions for attraction of qualified specialists from abroad
The lack of highly-qualified specialists, which is currently noted in a number of companies across Latvia, especially in processing industry and ICT, limits Latvia’s economic growth, rise of productivity and attraction of investments and with that the creation of well-paid jobs, BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.
To resolve this problem in a short-term perspective, Economy Ministry developed and presented on 18 May a list of professions that experience a major lack of labour force and which would benefit from attraction of foreign specialists under favourable conditions.
At the same time, the ministry says the list was formed to avoid a situation when employers attract low-cost labour force from third countries to reduce wages in a specific profession or industry.
To attract specialists for listed professions certain benefits will be applied for people who wish to receive EU blue card – minimal wage will not be allowed to be below the average gross wage in the country. In other cases – foreigners will be allowed to apply for jobs that stay idle in the State Employment Agency’s database for at least ten days instead of the current requirement of at least one month.
«It is expected that the number of work permits will not increase significantly. This is because benefits are mainly intended to speed up the residence and work permit approval process for foreigners to be employed in specific jobs,» Economy Ministry explains.
Currently a number of countries employ special programmes for attraction of innovative employees from abroad, including eight EU member states (Denmark, UK, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Italy and Spain). Finland, Estonia, Slovakia, Portugal and Lithuania have all announced plans to commence similar programmes.