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Lithuania

Lithuania has been amongst the ranks of the fastest growing economies in the EU for the past several years. It has increasingly shifted towards becoming a knowledge-based economy, with the biotechnology sector offering a prominent example of a sector with substantial growth potential. The Government has implemented policies designed to improve the quality and accessibility of vocational guidance services, both in order to ensure that people in the labour force acquire the skills needed to support the economy, and to assist young people in making a fast and sustainable transition from the education system into the labour market.

Over the period to 2025, employment will increase but remain below its pre-2008 financial crisis levels. Most employment growth will be found in the business and other services sector, and most job opportunities will be for professionals.

In the same period, Lithuania is set to experience an increase in the demand for high-skilled workers, whilst demand for medium- and low-skilled workers will decrease. Meanwhile, the share of Lithuania’s labour force with high level qualifications is projected to gain ground, as the share of workers with medium level qualifications decreases and the share with low or no qualifications remains at a similar level.

Lithuania’s working-age population (15-64) is projected to fall in the period to 2025, with labour market participation declining. Looking to the longer-term future, Lithuania’s old-age dependency ratio is expected to remain above the EU average until 2050, after which it will decline.

Future employment growth (in %) in Lithuania in 2015-2025 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employment rate

The employment rate indicates the percentage of people in employment over the population aged 20-64.

 

In 2015 the employment rate in Lithuania was 73.35% compared to 70.00% in EU

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015 the size of employment in EU changed by 2.07% compared to 6.49% in Lithuania .

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Sectors with the largest share in employment in Lithuania in 2015 

  • Wholesale & retail trade 16.83%
  • Manufacturing 15.19%
  • Education 9.91% 
  • Agriculture, forestry & fishing 9.07%
  • Construction 7.86% 

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Occupations with the largest share in employment in Lithuania in 2015:  

  • Office professionals 7.29%
  • Drivers & vehicle operators 7.27%
  • Sales workers 6.71% 
  • Office associate professionals 5.64%
  • Farmworkers and gardeners 5.59%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Sectors expected to have the strongest employment change over the period 2015-2025 in Lithuania:

  • Professional services 22.12%
  • ICT services 21.26%
  • Finance & insurance 14.42% 
  • Administrative services 8.85% 
  • Accommodation & food 8.58% 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment needs

The additional number of people who will be required to work in an occupation given projected changes in employment and replacement demands. 

Occupations expected to have the largest numbers of job openings in Lithuania over the period 2015-2025:

  • Office professionals 60,075
  • Farmworkers and gardeners 59,766
  • Office associate professionals 59,455
  • Drivers & vehicle operators 37,403
  • Construction workers 35,929

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Related indicators

Employment share of occupations (%) in Lithuania (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education profile (%) of the working age population in Lithuania (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Age profile (%) of the working age population in Lithuania (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Future employment growth (% change) across occupations in Lithuania compared to EU in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

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