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Spain – Unemployment up/ Job advert for 150 positions gets 15,000 applicants

02 October 2012

The labour ministry said today that the ranks of Spanish job seekers swelled by 79,645 (1.7%) from August to stand at 4.7 million last month.

The number of Spaniards registered as seeking work increased by 11.3% from September last year.

In September, the number of jobless people mostly rose in the service industry -- up 85,713, while dipping slightly in the agriculture (-2,633), construction (-9,687) and industry (-966) sectors.

According to a study published Monday by the UGT union, close to a million people have been looking for work for more than two years, or some 20.8% more than a year ago.

The jobless rate at 24.6% is a record in the country’s 36 years of democratic history.  Economists contradict Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s forecast that unemployment has peaked at a quarter of the workforce and will dip slightly to 23.3% in 2013. The proportion of jobless will rise to 26.3 percent in 2013.  In the same vein, the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations (CEOE) employers expected to Spain rubbing the six million unemployed in 2013,

Adecco, who are acting for agricultural machinery firm John Deere to fill 150 posts, received 15,000 applications although the exact nature of the work is unclear, as is the remuneration.

"I don't know what the job is, but does that even matter right now?" said Nazaret Cedillo, who waited in line outside an Adecco office in Madrid.

"The truth is I don't know what the offer is - it's some kind of factory or other," said Samuel M. after leaving the Adecco office with his slip. Samuel has no experience in factory work or anything else of the kind, but he trusts in luck. "It looks like they're going to hold a lottery," he added.

An Adecco spokesman confirmed that this is the plan. John Deere wants to be sent all the applications, after which it will draw lots in front of a notary.

At the same time Randstad Professionals is looking for "more than 100 Spanish engineers" for a Dutch company dedicated to the development, design and manufacture of high-tech machinery according to Cinco Días.

The company says it requires both recent graduates with a "high" training (masters or doctoral studies) and professionals with several years of experience in high precision machinery. The offer requires a high level of English. Randstad assess further reported that the candidate has studied or worked abroad.

Since the 2008 307,900 Spaniards have left the country looking for opportunities elsewhere, according to estimates published in July by the National Federation of Consulting.  While the Spanish National Statics Institute (INE) said that 40.625 Spaniards emigrated in the first half of 2012, 44.2% more than in the same period the year before.

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