On job vacancies and occupied posts in the 1st quarter of 2009

11.06.2009

At the end of the 1st quarter of 2009 there were 3.7 thsd job vacancies in the country, according to the data of Central Statistical Bureau. Compared to the end of the last year their number has reduced by 2.2 thsd vacancies, but in comparison with the end of the 1st quarter of 2008 – by 11.7 thsd.

Job vacancy rate has decreased from 1.5% at the end of the 1st quarter of the last year to 0.4% at the end of the 1st quarter of this year.

In public sector job vacancy rate has reduced from 2.7% at the end of the 1st quarter of 2008 to 0.8% at the end of the 1st quarter of 2009, but in private sector – from 0.9% to 0.2%, respectively.

Job vacancies and occupied posts by sectors

 

End of the 1st quarter
2008

End of the 4th quarter
2008

End of the 1st quarter
2009

Changes of 1st quarter 2009 as % of

4th quarter 2008

1st quarter 2008

Total in the country

 

 

 

 

 

Number of job vacancies, thsd

15.4

5.9

3.7

-37.1

-75.9

Number of occupied posts, thsd

1021.2

984.2

900.4

-8.5

-11.8

Job vacancy rate, %

1.5

0.6

0.4

 

 

In the public sector

 

 

 

 

 

Number of job vacancies, thsd

9.2

4.2

2.5

-39.5

-72.4

Number of occupied posts, thsd

329.7

328.1

322.8

-1.6

-2.1

Job vacancy rate, %

2.7

1.3

0.8

 

 

Private sector

 

 

 

 

 

Number of job vacancies, thsd

6.3

1.7

1.2

-31.2

-81.0

Number of occupied posts, thsd

691.4

656.1

577.6

-12.0

-16.5

Job vacancy rate, %

0.9

0.3

0.2

 

 


Due to the economic recession the number of occupied posts is decreasing significantly. Compared to the end of December of the last year their number in the country in the end of the March of this year has reduced by 83.8 thsd or by 8.5%, of which in private sector - by 78.5 thsd or by 12.0%, but in public sector - by 5.3 thsd or by 1.6%. In the country totally the highest reduction of the number of occupied posts during this time period was recorded in construction – 20.5%, in manufacturing – 12.0% and in trade - 11.3%.

Changes of job vacancies and occupied posts by kind of economic activity are following:

Job vacancies and occupied posts by kind of economic activity
(according to NACE Rev.2 classification)

 

Job vacancies

Occupied posts, thsd

End of the 4th quarter
2008

End of the 1st quarter
2009

Changes of 1st quarter 2009 as % of 4th quarter 2008

End of the 4th quarter
2008

End of the 1st quarter
2009

Changes of 1st quarter 2009 as % of 4th quarter 2008

Total

5898

3710

-37.1

984.2

900.4

-8.5

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

50

15

-70.0

19.7

18.6

-5.4

Mining and quarrying

3

7

133.3

2.2

2.2

1.2

Manufacturing

396

369

-6.8

129.4

113.8

-12.0

Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply

61

70

14.8

15.3

15.2

-0.6

Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities

45

16

-64.4

8.2

7.7

-6.5

Construction

219

42

-80.8

80.1

63.7

-20.5

Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

422

215

-49.1

184.4

163.6

-11.3

Transportation and storage

948

705

-25.6

76.7

70.6

-8.0

Accommodation and food service activities

17

27

58.8

30.8

27.4

-11.0

Information and communication

52

30

-42.3

22.1

20.5

-7.1

Financial and insurance activities

186

85

-54.3

25.3

23.4

-7.4

Real estate activities

159

115

-27.7

31.0

29.6

-4.3

Professional, scientific and technical activities

252

103

-59.1

37.5

33.3

-11.2

Administrative and support service activities

418

430

2.9

30.7

27.7

-10.0

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

1433

852

-40.5

76.2

73.9

-2.9

Education

391

213

-45.5

107.4

106.2

-1.1

Human health and social work activities

667

273

-59.1

59.9

58.7

-2.0

Arts, entertainment and recreation

146

96

-34.2

29.7

27.5

-7.5

Other service activities

30

46

53.3

17.5

16.5

-5.4


In manufacturing sector at the end of the March of this year the highest number of job vacancies was in processing and preserving of fish – 116, and in manufacture of products of wood – 100.

In transportation and storage sector the highest number of job vacancies was recorded in freight rail transport and in urban passenger land transport - 231 vacancy, as well as in postal and courier activities - 328 vacancies.

But in administrative and support service activity sector, in turn, highest number of job vacancies was in security activities - 343 vacancies.

In public administration sector highest number of job vacancies at the end of the 1st quarter of 2009 was observed in public order and safety institutions - 303, in general public administration activities - 196 vacancies, as well as in justice and judicial institutions – 124 vacancies.

More detailed information on job vacancies, also in breakdown by economic activities and regions, may be found in the data bases of the CSB Web Page, in the section – Occupied posts and job vacancies, paid working hours.


 

Explanations
In accordance with the survey methodology, job vacancy is defined as a post for which no contract has been signed and no candidate chosen and the employer is taking active steps to find a suitable candidate from outside the enterprise, and which will be filled immediately or within 3 months. The rate of job vacancies is calculated in per cent, by dividing the number of job vacancies by the total number of posts (occupied + vacant).
The public sector includes central and local government institutions and commercial companies with central or local government capital participation 50% and over, public organisations and commercial companies thereof.

 

Prepared by Wages Statistics Section
Ervins Rekke
Tel. 67366666