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Latvians interested in working in Germany on the rise
Germany and Austria are the last two countries to lift their restrictions on workers from Eastern and Central Europe, joining the EU in 2004. The end of the transitional rules on labour mobility creates new opportunities for workers to find a job abroad and for employers to recruit without asking for a work permit.
One example of this can be found in Latvia, where the number of people contacting EURES Advisers about job opportunities in Germany has more than doubled in the first three months of 2011.
“There are a number of reasons for this increase. Germany opened the labour market for seasonal job vacancies as of the 1 January 2011. We received several job vacancies from EURES Germany. Some of these vacancies are still open,” she adds.
“Some Latvians who have found their own jobs in Germany also wanted more detailed information on living and working conditions, as well as social security and tax rates.”
According to EURES data, the most popular sectors attracting workers included: agriculture (51.6 %); construction work (11.2 %); hotel and catering (9.3 %); manufacturing (7.9 %); and health and social care (6.9 %).
“Between January and March this year the average number of individual consultations per month for people interested in opportunities in Germany is 66. This compares to 30 in the same period of 2010,” says Ivonna Deisone, EURES Manager in Riga, Latvia.
So far 197 people have received such careers advice. This is 31.6% of the total number of consultations.
From May 2011 Germany will lift remaining restrictions to its labour market for eight countries (Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) from Eastern Europe that joined the European Union in 2004.