According to the data of the Employment Service, 37.8 thousand third-country nationals from 88 countries were employed in Lithuania in the first half of this year – as much as 67.2% more than during the same period last year. According to the data of the Employment Service, 37.8 thousand third-country nationals from 88 countries were employed in Lithuania in the first half of this year – as much as 67.2% more than during the same period last year.
In addition to Ukrainians and Belarusians, the top ten of employed third-country nationals include Russians (1.3 thousand), Kyrgyz (1.2 thousand), Azerbaijanis (1 thousand), Uzbeks (0.8 thousand), Tajiks (0. 8 thousand), Georgians (0.7 thousand), Kazakhs (0.6 thousand) and Moldovans (0.4 thousand). The number of employed Azerbaijanis grew almost 6 times, Tajiks – almost 3.7 times, Georgians – 2.7 times. The number of employed Moldovans, Uzbeks, and Kazakhs is almost twice than the number in January–June of the last year. The number of employed Russian nationals grew by 36%, Belarus nationals – by 16%. The vast majority (29.1 thousand) of third-country nationals were employed in jobs requiring medium qualifications. This was 43.6% more than in the first half of the last year. 13.3 thousand third-country nationals started working as drivers of heavy trucks and freight transport. Every second of them were Belarusian, every fourth – Ukrainian.
Every tenth (4 thousand) foreigner employed within the last half-year works in highly qualified jobs, the majority of them are citizens of Belarus. Almost three times more third-country nationals started working in positions requiring high qualifications in the first half of the current year than in 2021. The number of people employed in unskilled jobs grew more than five times this year and reached 4.7 thousand third-country nationals, three-quarters of whom are women with Ukrainian citizenship. According to the reports provided by the employers, several dozen persons from Iran, Venezuela, Cameroon, Armenia, Egypt, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Albania were employed in the first half of the year. In addition, one or more individuals from Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Somalia, Vanuatu, Liberia, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Barbados, Peru, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Panama, Honduras, Zimbabwe, etc. have also been recruited.