Šiauliai City Municipality

Total population: 100,119

In 2018: Entered: 4,511, Left: 4,567, Net (change): -56

Unemployment level (12/2019): 6,4%
Average earnings (2019 Q4) (after tax): EUR 729

Average apartment price per 1m2 (01/2020): EUR 887

LFMI (2019) Municipal Performance Index: 3 (out of 6 city municipalities)

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  • Up-to-date information on business creation in the city can be obtained at the Šiauliai Business Incubator, and implemented and developed in the co-working space ‘Spiečius’, the Free Economic Zone or the industrial park.
  • Šiauliai has one of the few educational institutions, i.e. Šiauliai Didžvaris Gymnasium, which provides the opportunity to study English and obtain international education (international baccalaureate); Simonas Daukantas Gymnasium and Sandora Gymnasium offer distance learning.
  • The city runs the Global Regions project, a platform that aims to connect with those leaving Šiauliai, provide them with relevant information about life and work opportunities in the city, and keep in touch with them.

Planning to return to Šiauliai? Join Global Šiauliai!


Expected shortages of workers in 2020

  • Medical specialists
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Heavy truck and loory drivers

Professions with the highest demand in the municipality


  • Advertising and marketing professionals
  • Stock clerks
  • Accounting and bookkeeping clerks
  • Early childhood educators


  • Heavy truck and lorry drivers
  • Shop sales assistants
  • Insulation workers
  • Cooks

For more information about the most and least demanded professions in the municipality, please see the Occupations Map

Average salary in Lithuanian companies

The Sodra website publishes data on average salary paid by companies and compares the average salary of one company with that of other companies engaged in the same economic activity or operating in the same municipality.

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Companies with the highest number of employees

  • Republican Šiauliai County Hospital
  • Trasis, UAB
  • Termolita, UAB
  • Nostrada, UAB
  • KLP Transport, UAB
  • Transimeksa, UAB
  • Transmėja, UAB
  • Saudingos Autotransportas, UAB
  • Baltik Vairas, UAB
  • Artilux MF, UAB

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Employment Services

The Employment Service assists individuals in their employment by appointing an individual specialist to draw up employment operating plans, provide refresher courses, and send individuals to complete vocational training programs; individuals under the age of 29 are offered the programme ‘Discover Yourself’ and may also be eligible for start-up support; a subsidy service is provided to older people (where the state covers part of the salary paid by the employer).

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Employment Services Support for Mobility

Mobility support is the opportunity to receive travel reimbursement when travelling to work in another city. Travel expenses are reimbursed for up to 3 months from the start of employment or participation. The amount of compensation ranges between 25% and 33% of the minimum monthly amount (depending on salary). 

Distances to nearest cities: 

  • Radviliškis ~25 KM 
  • Joniškis ~40 KM 
  • Kelmė ~55 KM

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Šiauliai City Municipality Small Business Support and Promotion Measures

Small businesses (enterprises and individuals) active in manufacturing or services can apply to the municipality for financial support. Šiauliai City Municipality offers 5 small business promotion measures:

  • partial reimbursement of participation costs;
  • reimbursement of costs of consultancy and training for the beneficiary, its staff, and partial coverage of start-up costs (state fees: Centre of Registers and the Notary Public);
  • business promotion among youth aged 18–29;
  • business promotion of individuals over 50;
  • partial coverage of acquisition costs of equipment and tools, when the Municipality partially covers the acquisition costs of fixed assets for the development and more efficient operation of the enterprise.

How it works?

Small businesses (micro-enterprises and individuals) active in manufacturing or services and registered in Šiauliai can apply to the municipality for financial support. Only micro-enterprises can apply for partial coverage of acquisition cost of equipment and tools.

More information about the conditions and requirements for the support can be found in the section ‘For Entrepreneurs. Business Support’ on the website of Šiauliai City Municipality.

Contact: Šiauliai City Municipality Administration; Chief Specialist of the Division of Economics Aistė Petkuvienė, tel.: (8 41) 596 283, email: aiste.petkuviene@siauliai.lt

The information has been prepared according to the material provided by Enterprise Lithuania

Co-working Space Spiečius

 Spiečius is a non-traditional business development space adapted for SMEs operating for up to 5 years to collaborate with each other and expand. Spiečius focuses on businesses in the digital and creative industries. At Šiauliai Spiečius space, entrepreneurs are provided with free computerised workstations with equipment, digital, creative industry development, social business consulting, practical mentoring sessions, business education training and other business promotion and development initiatives.


Šiauliai Free Economic Zone

FEZ is located near the most important arteries of the country: the national road Panevėžys–Šiauliai and Šiauliai International Airport. The special zone located 6 km from the centre of Šiauliai, is also easily accessible by the city public transport, thus enabling the employees of the city to reach their workplaces conveniently.

The FEZ territory is divided into plots of different size from 1 ha to 25 ha, which can be additionally merged or redistributed according to the needs of the investor. For the convenience of businesses, the area is equipped with basic infrastructure, such as water supply, domestic and rainwater drainage, gas networks, illuminated streets, communication and power lines.

Incentives applied at the FEZ: 

  • There is no corporation tax for the first 10 years and a 50% reduction for the next 6 years if the capital investment is at least EUR 1 million,
  • There is no property tax
  • Dividends are not taxable in the cases established by the Law on Corporate Income Tax of the Republic of Lithuania.

For more information see Šiauliai City Municipality website and Investment Partner website.

Šiauliai Industrial Park

Established in 2005, Šiauliai Industrial Park has attracted more than EUR 45 million of corporate investment that has created over 2500 new jobs. It has infrastructure required for greenfield investments. Assistance of Šiauliai City Municipality Administration and mediation in obtaining a building permit and in communication with other institutions is guaranteed.

Enterprises that invest at least EUR 600,000 per hectare and create at least 5 new jobs are exempt from property tax and land rent for 10 years.

Šiauliai Business Incubator

The incubator provides assistance to start-up SMEs, a service package to a start-up entrepreneur, free business advice, leases office space, halls, training classes.

For those considering investing in the region, see Invest in Lithuania Šiauliai overview.


General level of education

Average number of pupils in a class:

  • Grades 1–4  22 pupils
  • Grades 5–8  25 pupils
  • Grades 9–12, gymnasium grades I–IV  25 pupils

More on general education level

SME indicators above national average:

  • Lithuanian
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign languages
  • Chemistry
  • IT

Percentage of teachers holding highest qualification: 49 %

Percentage of pupils feeling good at school: 60,5 %

Olympiad prize winners per 10,000 pupils: 16,6

Proportion of pupils who passed the state maturity examinations:

  • 3 and more SMEs 64 %
  • at least one SME 89 %

Ministry of Education and Science Quality Map

A map prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science showing the differences in educational achievements among different municipalities. The map shows pupils’ achievements in the Lithuanian language and mathematics, as well as the average number of pupils in a classroom, statistics on the general situation in Lithuania.

The map can be found here

Information on admission to kindergartens

The link provides information on available places in the kindergartens of your choice and gives you the opportunity to apply for admission to the kindergarten.

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List of educational institutions

Here you will find a list of all the educational institutions in the municipality (pre-school, primary, secondary, gymnasium and progymnasium) and their contact details.

The list can be found here

Šiauliai Didždvaris Gymnasium

The gymnasium is one of the few in Lithuania that provides an opportunity to prepare for the International Baccalaureate Programme (to receive education in English).

Siauliai Medelynas Progymnasium

Šiauliai Medelynas Progymnasium is part of the network of schools that have experience working with or are ready to accept children returning from abroad. Depending on the skills and knowledge of returnees, an adapted curriculum may be applied and additional assistance provided to children who are less proficient in the Lithuanian language.

Šiauliai Sandora Progymnasium

Distance learning services are provided at the progymnasium. Distance learning is an opportunity for citizens of the Republic of Lithuania residing abroad to study all subjects or ‘Lithuanian package’ with the help of information technologies. Upon completion of the relevant general education programme, they receive a certificate of primary, comprehensive education or a maturity certificate. Learners under the ‘Lithuanian package’, i.e. who choose courses in Lithuanian language, literature, geography receive a certificate of completion of that course.

Šiauliai Santarvė Gymnasium

Šiauliai Santarvė Gymnasium is also connected to a network of schools ready to receive children studying abroad and returning to Lithuania. The school assesses the pupil’s knowledge of the Lithuanian language and other subjects, can provide levelling classes and other related support

Šiauliai Simonas Daukantas Gymnasium

Just like Sandora Progymnasium, Šiauliai Simonas Daukantas Gymnasium provides distance learning opportunity, choosing from all subjects or ‘Lithuanian package’. It should be emphasised that in this school distance learning is possible for students of gymnasium grades (9–12).

Youth Organisations in the Municipality

The link contains a list of all youth organisations in the municipality and youth organisations that encourage active youth to volunteer according to their interests.

Social services

Social services provided by the municipality

The link (Section XIV) contains the municipal social services and support. Services include access to child benefits, social benefits, support for school meals or supplies, public service discounts, and more.

Complex family services

Complex family services are a variety of services designed to solve family problems or facilitate the daily life of families. Although each municipality chooses which services are provided within its territory, the services generally include psychosocial assistance, childcare, family financial planning and management training, family camp organisation, mediation, etc.

Free Legal Aid

Free legal advice, where you can get help and advice on drafting documents, obtaining out-of-court settlements, drafting arrangements with creditors, and more.

Useful initiatives

City Alumni

City Alumni is a social platform designed to bring together people from the same city, town or region to work together for their hometown. Its purpose is to connect people who have left their city, but are not indifferent to it, with their native community, and to encourage them to interact, create and work together.

Global Šiauliai

Global Regions is an initiative that seeks to extend the borders of Lithuania by integrating expatriated Lithuanians into the life of their home town and city, providing an opportunity to contribute to the economic well-being of the municipality and to promote the region’s potential. 

Do you know or have an initiative or service that would benefit returning Lithuanians, incoming foreigners or compatriots living abroad? Let us know!

Information updated: 2020-11-04
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