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The latest Swiss Job Market Index compiled by Zurich University on behalf of Adecco reveals that the number of jobs on offer in the first quarter of 2010 was up by +15% compared to the previous quarter. This increase was higher than seasonally expected and is reflected to different degrees in all areas of Switzerland.
In the Latin part of the country (Romandy, Ticino) job offers rose by +20% in Q1 2010 compared to the previous quarter. Compared to the same quarter in 2009, jobs offers were up by +7%.
In the German part of the country (65% of the country) job offers rose by +14% in Q1 2010 compared to the previous quarter. Compared to the same quarter in 2009, jobs offers were down by -4%.
The highest increases in job advertisements were surprisingly registered in press advertising, albeit from a low base. Compared to Q4 2009, job advertising in the press was up by a third, job portals were up by +20%, job advertisements on employers' own websites were up by +8%.
The strong growth in job advertising in the press is explained by seasonality since jobs in agriculture, hotel and catering and the construction industry are traditionally advertised in the press.
The fact that press and job portal job advertising has grown faster than free-of-charge advertising on companies' own websites indicates that it is becoming difficult again to hire the right candidates in the market.
To read the full Job Market Index in German language please click here