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Europe – Recruitment remains down

13 November 2013

The number of jobs advertised across the European Union fell by -2% between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013, according to the latest edition of the European Vacancy Monitor released this week. The number of new hirings over the same period also fell by -2%. Vacancies announced by public employment services (PES) and through temporary work agencies also fell across the EU, with the notable exception of the UK.

The monitor reports that qualified sea and land workers, as well as craftsmen and shopkeepers, have been particularly affected by the fall in recruitment. Technicians and intermediate occupations, on the other hand, witnessed a sharp increase. Other professional categories experiencing a positive trend include; corporate services, administrative officers, designers, software & multimedia analysts, finance professionals, architects, planners, investigators, and designers.

Levels of recruitment increased in Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. In contrast recruitment fell in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

With regard to advertised jobs, numbers increased in Hungary, Latvia, Romania, and the UK, but fell by -76% in Cyprus, more than three times fewer than in the previous four months.

November's edition of the monitor devotes an entire chapter to information and communications technology (ICT), highlighting that this sector provides an important source of employment within the EU, with almost 4.3 million people employed in ICT in 2012.

Despite the drop of -2.9% in all other professions, the number of people working in the ICT sector increased by +2% between 2011 and 2012 across the EU countries included in the survey. However, these increases were concentrated in Northern Europe.

According to the European job mobility bulletin', which analyses vacancies published on the EURES portal, the five careers offering the best chance of employment (as of 1 October) were:

  • finance and sales associate professionals
  • modern health associate professionals (except nursing)
  • computing professionals
  • housekeeping and restaurant services workers
  • electrical and electronic equipment mechanics and fitters

The European vacancy monitor' is a quarterly bulletin published by the European Commission's DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. It provides an updated view of labour market developments in Europe, based on various European and national sources.

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