Navigation path


Significant rise in labour demand

16/03/2011 Woman holding a pen looking at the jobs section of a newspaper

The demand for labour in Europe increased significantly in 2010, mainly in trade, manufacturing and non-financial business services, according to the March edition of the European Vacancy Monitor.

All sources point to a positive development of the job market in Europe, with increasing job vacancies and hiring, though not in all regions to the same degree: European wide surveys (Eurostat), information from public employment services (PES), temporary work agencies and online services.

Indications of tightening arise especially for occupations with growing demand: craft and related trade workers, plant and machine operators and assemblers, while they remain for technical occupations.

While manufacturing labourers are the fastest growing group of job finders in Europe, according to the latest European Job Mobility Bulletin the top 5 jobs are:

  1. Finances and sales associated professionals: 11.800 vacancies in Germany, 2.800 in Belgium, 2.800 in France
  2. Shop sales persons and demonstrators: 6200 vacancies in Germany, 1.800 in Austria, 1.300 in France
  3. Personal care and related workers: 21.600 vacancies in UK, 12.500 in Germany, 1.200 in France
  4. Stall and market sales persons: 20.000 vacancies in UK, 4.000 in Belgium, 800 in Germany
  5. Modern health associated professionals: 7.600 vacancies in Germany, 2.900 in Belgium, 500 in France

Further jobs with rising demand are: cashiers, tellers and related clerks, sales and marketing managers, as well as finance and administration department managers, housekeeping and restaurant services workers, office clerks with general clerical duties and electrical and electronic equipment mechanics and fitters.

The European Vacancy Monitor provides an overview of recent developments on the European job market. The European Job Mobility Bulletin is focused on the analysis of vacancies posted on the EURES portal by national public employment services. These two quarterly bulletins were launched within the Europe 2020 flagship initiative 'An agenda for new skills and jobs'.