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Decline in recruitment demand was particularly pronounced for craft and related trade workers as well as for plant and machine operators (-9% and -7%) in the third quarter of 2012, according to the May 2013 edition of the European Vacancy Monitor.
Public employment services' (PES) vacancy inflow turned negative and vacancies for temporary work agencies (Randstad) fell again in the last quarter of 2012.
Job prospects for the unemployed, i.e. the ratio of unemployed to hirings, deteriorated compared to the same quarter in 2011 mainly due to increased unemployment. The ratio increased above all in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy while remaining better in Austria, Germany and most of the Northern EU countries (Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden).
Nevertheless, a combined growth in employment and hiring continued to be evident for certain high-skilled jobs, in particular in the areas of administration, teaching, business, health care and engineering. Overall, hirings for those with tertiary education have risen by 4%.
The most numerous PES vacancies were for "personal care and related workers", accounting for almost 30% of the total in eight PES.
Top 5 sectors showing employment growth:
According to the May issue of the European Job Mobility Bulletin, based on the vacancies published on the EURES portal (on 1st of May 2013), good job opportunities are available for:
Over 110 000 posts for "white jobs" were vacant at 1st of May 2013, of which over 40 per cent were for "personal care and related workers". Demand was strongest in Sweden, Germany and the UK.