Results of survey on job vacancies in the 2nd quarter of 2008

10.09.2008

At the end of 2nd quarter there were 12.8 thsd job vacancies in the country, according to the data of Central Statistical Bureau. Compared to the end of 1st quarter the number has reduced by 2.6 thsd vacancies, but compared to end of 2nd quarter of previous year - by 8.7 thsd vacancies.

Number of job vacancies at the end of the quarter

Job vacancy rate has decreased from 2.0% at the end of June of previous year and 1.5% at the end of March of this year to 1.2% at the end of June.

In public sector job vacancy rate has reduced from 3.3% at the end of June of previous year to 2.3% at the end of June of this year, but in private sector – from 1.4% to 0.7%, respectively.

Job vacancy rate at the end of the quarter, %

To compare the number of job vacancies at the end of the 1st quarter of this year with the number of vacancies at the end of the 2nd quarter, it may be concluded that, the most notable decrease witnessed public administration – by 0.7 thsd vacancies or by 20.3%, in transport, storage and communications sector – by 0.6 thsd vacancies or by 22.1%, and in manufacturing – by 0.4 thsd vacancies or by 23.0%.

But, to compare the number of job vacancies with end of the 2nd quarter of previous year it may be concluded that, the most rapid decrease witnessed manufacturing – by 2.9 thsd vacancies or by 66.0%, public administration – by 1.8 thsd vacancies or by 40.0%, and trade – by 1.0 thsd vacancies or by 43.6%.

The highest number of job vacancies at the end of 2nd quarter of this year was in public administration – 2.8 thsd, in transport, storage and communications sector – 2.1 thsd, and in manufacturing – 1.5 thsd.

Among the major occupational groups employers were mostly seeking for technicians and associate professionals - 2.6 thsd and professionals – 2.5 thsd.

In public sector highest number of job vacancies was among professionals and technicians and associate professionals - 2.1 thsd and 1.6 thsd vacancies, respectively, but in private sector there was a lack of craft and related trades workers – 1.4 thsd.

Number of job vacancies by major occupational groups at the end of the 2nd quarter of 2008

More detailed information on job vacancies, also in breakdown by economic activities and regions, is available 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

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.

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