According to the December edition of the European Vacancy Monitor, the decline in labour demand had severe implications for craftsmen, operators and elementary occupations, while the demand for more skilled professionals continued to grow.
Although most of the main occupations experienced a decline in recruitment in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 (crafts and related trades -12 %, operators and assemblers -7 %, elementary occupations -13 %), two high-skilled occupations continued to grow: professionals (+5 %) and technicians and associate professionals (+ 2%) in a broad range of sectors such as business, finance and health.
After signs of a weakening trend since the second quarter of 2011, labour demand turned to negative year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2012 in terms of vacancies (-7 %) and job-finders (-4 %). The notification of vacancies to Public Employment Services (PES) showed mixed developments: a majority of 11 PES marked a decline down to -26 % in Slovakia, while 8 PES still showed a positive growth up to +37 % in Hungary.
A special section dedicated to the development of labour demand for older workers (55-64 years) shows that:
According to the December issue of the European Job Mobility Bulletin, based on the vacancies published on the EURES portal (on 1 November 2012), good job opportunities are available for: