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The number of foreign employee Lithuania is increasing

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The number of foreign nationals, who reside permanently and have been employed in the country, has increased by 18 percent in Lithuania in five years, from 12.7 thousand (in 2014) to 15 thousand (in 2018). Whereof, about 6.8 thousand were hired in Lithuania both in 2014 and 2018.

During the analysis period, the largest increase in the number of employees was observed in the group of Plant and machine operators and assemblers. The number of foreigners, who reside permanently in the country and work in this group, has increased 2 times since 2014. Similarly, the groups of professionals (26%) and Clerks (18%) showed relatively higher growth. The number of employees in the group of Legislators, senior 10 officials and managers demonstrated the relative downward trend (32%).

The income has been increasing at similar pace as of the Lithuanian nationals

The income of foreign nationals permanently residing in the country has been increasing over a 5-year period at a similar pace as of the Lithuanian nationals, from 1.14 to 2 times, depending on the occupational group. In the different groups, the income of foreign citizens was slightly different from the average insured income of Lithuanians, except for the group of Plant and machine operators and assemblers, where, as mentioned above, the largest increase in the number of foreigners was observed and whose representatives comprised the majority (67%) of hired foreign nationals. In this group, the average income of Lithuanians was EUR 745, of foreign nationals permanently residing in the country – EUR 505, and of foreigners on temporary basis – EUR 559.

Please read more about the status of human capital in Lithuania here.