The number of foreign workers in Lithuania has almost doubled over the past year and is approaching 2 percent of the total workforce in the country.
Most foreigners work as drivers of heavy vehicles. Wages of foreign workers, however, are slightly below the average revenue of local workers.
There were 24,600 workers from non-EU countries who worked under a permanent or temporary contract in Lithuania in the second quarter of this year, the latest figures from the country's social insurance fund, Sodra, show. The figure was 14,100 last year.
The Ministry of Finance estimates that foreign workforce will grow 0.1 percent next year, Sodra's director Julia Varanauskaitė says.
Foreign workers mostly work as truck drivers, cooks, taxi drivers, constructions workers, welders etc.