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2021.07.21 09:21

Lithuanian businesses complain of labour shortages, ask for more migrant workers

Erika Alonderytė, BNS2021.07.21 09:21

The Lithuanian Business Council, a business body, has urged the government to allow more migrant workers from outside the EU into the country, saying employers face a shortage of labour.

Representatives of the Lithuanian Business Council had a meeting with Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė on Tuesday.

Discussions mostly focused on migration and shortage of workers, Vidmantas Janulevičius, a member of the Council and president of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, said.

“We mostly discussed the lack of workers, 54,000 vacant jobs and a paradoxical situation when we have 112,000 unemployed people, including 68,000 structural unemployed people who cannot find a job for a very long time. We spoke about pay conditions, incentives and ways to find people and retrain them,” Janulevičius told BNS.

Janulevičius also said that the Business Council and the prime minister agreed to hold regular quarterly meetings.

The meeting also touched on ways to attract foreign investors and offering them tax exemptions in Lithuania, according to the Business Council.

Moreover, the body proposed deferring corporate tax payments for firms investing in high technology, robotisation and automation.

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