Latvian teachers' salaries are among the lowest in Europe. In 2011, the minimum statutory teacher's salary was about €6,000 annually. While teachers' salaries are tied with student numbers and workload, the difference in pay is not high. In 2009, severe austerity measures resulted in the reduction of the education budget by 50 per cent.
The Latvian higher education budget has been particularly hard hit, with threatened 50 per cent cutbacks as of 2010.
Civil servants’ salaries were cut by 15 per cent in December 2008 and further 10 per cent in June 2009.
Pensions were slashed by 10 per cent and by 70per cent per cent for working pensioners.