The number of job vacancies was 54,800 in the first quarter of 2018, up by 3,700 compared to the previous quarter, but down 3,800 compared to the same quarter of last year, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
In the first quarter of 2018, the highest job vacancies rates were registered in other service activities (2.95 percent), in public administration (2.65 percent), respectively in human health and social work activities (2.07 percent). In manufacturing was concentrated a little bit over one quarter of the total number of job vacancies (15.1 thousand job vacancies), having a value rate of 1.26 percent.
As against the previous quarter, the most relevant increases of the job vacancies rates were found in real estate activities(+0.60 percentage points), followed by other service activities (+0.43 percentage points), respectively by information and communication (+0.37 percentage points).
As against the same quarter of the previous year, for the job vacancies rates mainly decreases were recorded for occupations related to skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers ‐ major group 6 (‐0.37 percentage points), respectively for professionals ‐ major group 2 (‐0.23 percentage points).
The most significant increase for both the rate and the number of job vacancies was registered for elementary occupations ‐ major group 9 (+0.04 percentage points, respectively +0.4 thousand job vacancies).