Job vacancies in 2007

07.03.2008

The number of job vacancies at the end of 2007 has decreased up to 16.8 thsd vacancies, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau. Compared to the end of 2006, the number of job vacancies in the country has reduced by 3.6 thsd vacancies or by 17.7%.

But in comparison with the end of the September 2007, the number of job vacancies in the country has decreased more rapidly - by 4.0 thsd vacancies or by 19.1%, of which in public sector - by 1.1 thsd vacancies or by 9.6%, and in private sector - by 2.9 thsd vacancies or by 30.7%.

Job vacancies at the end of the quarter

In comparison with the end of 2006 when the share of job vacancies in the country constituted 2.1% and with the end of the September 2007 when there were 2.0% vacancies, at the end of the 2007 the share of job vacancies in the country has reduced up to 1.6%. In public sector there were 3.0%, 3.0% and 3.4% job vacancies, respectively, and in private sector – 0.9%, 1.6% and 1.3%.

Share of job vacancies at the end of the quarte


At the end of the year the most noticeable decrease in the number of job vacancies was recorded in manufacturing - by 1.8 thsd vacancies (by 40.1%) and trade - by 0.7 thsd vacancies (by 30.9%), but slight increase of the job vacancies was observed in the field of transport, storage and communication – by 0.2 thsd vacancies.

To compare the number of job vacancies at the end of December and at the end of September 2007, it should be noted that the most notable decrease can be observed in manufacturing – by 1.4 thsd vacancies (by 34.6%), in trade – by 0.6 thsd vacancies (by 28.8%), in public administration – by 0.6 thsd vacancies (by 12.7%).

Job vacancies by major occupational groups at the end of 2007

At the end of 2007 the highest share of job vacancies in the major occupational groups was recorded among the craft and related trades workers – 2.2%, amongst the plant and machine operators and assemblers – 2.2%, as well as among the professionals – 1.8%.

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 – www.csb.gov.lv, in the section – Occupied jobs and job vacancies, paid working hours.


Explanations

Data on occupied jobs and job vacancies are obtained from quarterly questionnaires ‘’Report on work’’ submitted by merchants, institutions, foundations, associations and funds.

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 byWages Statistics Section
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