For many years, the Baltic region has been considered a place to find cheap, unskilled labour. However, much more recently, the economies of all nations within the Baltics have started to rapidly expand. As such, we are starting to see a dramatic increase in the quality of labour you can expect to find. Especially as education is improving and workers are now multi-lingual and highly trained in desirable professions.
What can you expect to see?
You’ll find that workers from the Baltic tend to speak, on average, 2 to 3 different languages. As well as their native language, people tend to speak either English, German or Russian. They have a very high standard of education and, most importantly, an incredibly strong work ethic. This is what drives them in their pursuit to grow both personally and professionally in their chosen occupation.
Let’s look at Estonians for example. From our experience, we find them to be hard-working employees who possess high levels of initiative and a desire to take on new roles. Their education tends to include a BA or MA degree and, as well as being 100% fluent in English, they have a high technology skillset.
What really makes those from the Baltic region stand out is the incredible drive they have to work hard and excel. They are commonly regarded as the hardest working employees in Europe, strictly in terms of total hours spent at work per week.
What are wages like?
Employees from the Baltic states are perfectly qualified to work in a number of different industries and apply their skills to a variety of roles. Common jobs include IT specialists, engineers, transportation specialists and client support based roles. One thing we have seen in recent years is a rise in the average salaries paid to members of these nation states.
However, they are still incredibly affordable compared to similar calibre employees from other European countries. For example, in Estonia in Q1 of 2018, the average monthly wage was €1242. In Latvia, it was €961 and in Lithuania, it was just €895. So, in terms of value for money, the Baltic region is a clear choice to consider. It's also great to find labour that is passionate about developing and growing in value. For more details about salaries for specific positions, contact us about Salary Data.