Taking care of the possibilities of “LATIA Export Development” cluster to successfully produce products in the country, the Lithuanian Clothing and Textile Association initiated adding of the following professions required for the Lithuanian clothing and textile industry to the list of missing professions for the second half of 2020: tailor of women's clothing (profession code according to the profession qualifier LPC-753102), tailor (753126), garment tailor (753113), men's garment tailor (753120), knitwear worker (731825) and weaver (731841).
In the previous Order of the Director of the Employment Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania of 30 June 2020 No. V-245 “Regarding the Approval of the List of Professions with a Shortage of Employees in the Republic of Lithuania by Types of Economic Activity for the Second Half of 2020” all the professions related to the sewing sector, which existed in the first half of 2020, have been removed from this list. The Employment Service argued this step on the grounds that the registered demand for these professions does not exceed the supply, i.e. the number of tailors seeking a job in Lithuania exceeds the number of registered jobs in this field by as much as three times.
Nevertheless, LATIA's argument that a large share of people registered and looking, for example, for a tailor’s job, do not meet the requirements of employers. The real situation is that in such a mobile industry as the clothing and textile sector, there is always a need for additional workers. In this context, many sewing companies are forced to look for workers in third countries, but the removal of tailors and other aforementioned professions from the list of missing professions greatly complicates this possibility and limits the long-term development prospects of many companies in the sector.