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Despite modest growth in job vacancies in the education, healthcare, business and administration sectors, recruitment demand stagnated in the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest European Vacancy Monitor.
This also found that temporary job opportunities fluctuated throughout 2012. Data from Randstad indicates that the number of vacancies advertised in 2012 rose slightly in France and Germany when compared to the previous year. But year-on-year vacancies fell in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.
Professionals fared better than other labour groups. “Temporary hirings were at higher levels since 2009 and have become a common practice across all professional groups with a share of over 50%, except for managing positions. They remained even higher for agricultural (75%), elementary (71%) and teaching jobs,” the report said.
Overall, the research found that hiring activity fell -4% in the period, pointing to poorer job prospects for the unemployed. The latest figures by Eurostat, published on Friday, show that European unemployment continued to rise in January and jumped to 10.8% from 10.1% a year ago. Spain, Greece and Portugal noted the highest jobless rates.