Higher skills remain important for employment opportunities, the latest European Vacancy Monitor shows. The number of job finders in the ‘professionals’ group continued to grow the most in the third quarter 2011 in comparison to the same quarter in 2010 (+16%) while the number of job seekers who found jobs as legislators, senior officials and managers has grown by 13%.
With EU unemployment hitting record levels and forecasts of a grim economic outlook for the months ahead, the Commission has come forward with a set of concrete measures to boost jobs.
According to the January edition of the European Vacancy Monitor, high skill levels remain important for employment opportunities. In fact, the number of job-finders in the ‘professionals’ group has grown by 34% in the second quarter of 2011 and the number of job seekers who found jobs as ‘legislators, senior officials and managers’ has grown by 25%.
According to the October edition of the European Vacancy Monitor, job offers and hiring have shown an increase (19 % for vacancies, 24 % for job finders and 12 % for public employment services vacancies) in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter in 2010.
The 5th edition of the Brussels European Job Day will take palace on 1 October 2011 in the Berlaymont building, the European Commission's headquarters.
According to the July edition of the European Vacancy Monitor, labour demand increased in the private sector in most EU countries. Employment in the public sector shrank, mainly in the areas of education, health and social work.
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.
As one of the actions within the Europe 2020 flagship initiative "An agenda for new skills and jobs“, the Commission launched two quarterly bulletins to gather up-to-date information on labour demand and job vacancies.
This report presents the research findings from a joint China and EU project on New Skills for New Jobs in the context of the crisis and its impact on vulnerable groups.
The European Commission is developing a European Skills, Competences and Occupations taxonomy (ESCO), which will describe the most relevant skills, competences and qualifications needed for several thousand occupations.