Govern­ment sim­pli­fies con­di­tions for at­trac­tion of qual­i­fied spe­cial­ists from abroad

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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.

Pan­therMe­dia/SCANPIX

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