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Demand for ICT workers grows, while recruitment of professionals declines for the second time since 2010

11/11/2013 Several people working with computers in a room

Hirings remained down for most occupational groups and fell for the second time since the second quarter of 2010 for expert / specialised workers (professionals). At the same time, ICT occupations showed growing employment opportunities, according to the November 2013 edition of the European Vacancy Monitor.

In the first quarter of 2013 vacancies were stagnant compared to the same period in 2012. However, public employment services' (PES) vacancy inflow and vacancies for temporary work agencies (Randstad) fell again, except in the UK.

The recruitment of workers with higher education continued to increase by 3 % and may indicate that more professionals accepted jobs below their qualifications. Certain jobs saw also an increase in hirings (and employment), such as:

  • legal and social associate professionals,
  • business services and administration managers,
  • software and application developers and analysts,
  • finance professionals,
  • architects, planners, surveyors and designers.

According to the European Job Mobility Bulletin which analyses the vacancies of the EURES portal the top 5 EURES occupations (on the 1st of October) were:

  1. finance and sales associate professionals,
  2. housekeeping and restaurant services workers,
  3. shop salespersons and demonstrators,
  4. machine mechanics and fitters,
  5. electrical and electronic equipment mechanics and fitters.

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