Riga - Post Report Question and Answers
What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?
There are jobs at the embassy, but demand far exceeds supply. Several folks here telecommute. Wages in Latvia are some of the lowest in the EU, and most positions require knowledge of Latvian, which discourages folks from applying. - Mar 2022
Spouses can and do work on the economy, but it can be tough if they don't have Russian or Latvian. There are several EFM jobs at the US embassy, but they are unfilled due to the hiring freeze. - Jul 2017
Many spouses work at the Embassy. I myself am a teacher, and spent my first year teaching at the International School of Latvia, full time. Teaching positions open up there each year, and there are also many opportunities to substitute teach or tutor as well. Some of the other schools likely have opportunities for teaching also. - Sep 2016
Pretty thin unless you speak Latvian or Russian. - Jul 2010
Not so much. - Aug 2008