Lithuania’s recent history of forwardthinking governance places particular emphasis on intelligent investment in our people. Comparative research has highlighted that Lithuania has one of the best-educated talent pools in the European Union. Lithuanian society, with its creative and responsible citizens, is ready to embrace global challenges.
Here are the key competencies of the Lithuanian labour pool as described by foreign investors:
High number of graduates
Consistently high quality of spoken English
Availability of other languages
Quick learners and very loyal employees
Among most multilingual in the EU
Lithuanians are good at languages, and it is no wonder that Lithuania finds itself among the top five EU countries boasting the greatest number of people proficient in at least one foreign language. As many as 92% of Lithuanians can converse in foreign languages (usually English, Russian and German), and this is far beyond the EU average of 54%. About half of the Lithuanian population speaks two foreign languages.
Among most educated nations in the EU
Lithuanians are among the most educated people in the European Union. 92% of population has secondary or higher education (compared with an average of 75% in the EU). Around 51% of Lithuanians hold a higher education qualification (age group 25-34 years), which is the 3rd largest percentage in the EU.
At the beginning of the academic year 2013-2014, there were approx. 105,000 students enrolled in Lithuania’s 23 universities, and more than 43,500 students in 24 colleges. In 2013, almost 40,000 Lithuanians graduated from colleges and universities, of which more than 28,000 obtained their degrees in universities and 11,000 in colleges. Lithuania has one of the EU's most educated populations and continues to serve as a pool of well educated professionals for local and international businesses.
As a matter of fact, Lithuanians enjoy the privilege of being familiar with both the Eastern, as well as Western European mentalities.
Cost-effectiveness and flexibility
It is crucial to mention that the large pool of well-qualified talent is known for highly competitive prices and flexibility EU-wide:
- Labor costs are 4 times lower than the EU average. The average monthly wage in Lithuania is currently 646 EUR.
- One of the most flexible employment markets in Central and Eastern Europe: 3rd lowest in hiring difficulty and 2nd most flexible wage rate regime.
Vilnius – number 1 mid-sized European city for cost-effectiveness; Kaunas and Klaipeda – among the top 10 small European cities for cost-effectiveness.
Population of Vilnius (~540k) provides the 2nd largest labor pool in the Baltics; Kaunas (~305k) is the 4th largest city in the Baltics.
Source: Europeans and Their Languages, 2012, European Commission
Eurostat, Statistics Lithuania,Doing Business 2013, www.fDiIntelligence.com
Global Competitiveness Report, 2013-2014