Project overview[last update : 18-11-2016]

Job Vacancy Statistics are a Principal European Economic Indicator (PEEI) that monitors the demand-side of the labour market, namely the number of vacant posts in proportion to the number of occupied posts. It is important as a leading indicator of the business cycle but also, in combination with the unemployment rate, as an indication of the overall mismatch between the demand for and supply of labour.

For the latest release of Job Vacancy Statistics (JVS) (3-16092016-BP-EN.pdf), the production system has migrated from SAS-Windows to a fully SDMX-compliant production chain in FAME.

The JVS production chain has been made fully SDMX compliant in the sense that all input / output files as well as the production database are now using the same standard SDMX codes, as illustrated in the chart below:

A. Production system before migration:

B. Production system after migration:


The SDMX codes for the JVS datasets have been agreed both within Eurostat and at international level, starting from the codes that already exist in the SDMX Global Registry and shared by all SDMX stakeholders.

For instance, the code list for NACE activities is now CL_ACTIVITY taken from the SDMX Global Registry and is no longer a JVS specific list that needed to be updated by the production unit. This also means that Member States have remote access to the Code Lists and can develop applications that directly connect to them to generate JVS transmissions from their internal databases.

On the output side, the SDMX standards have been agreed with the European Central Bank who now receives JVS data according to this standard, through EDAMIS. This has replaced the ad-hoc FAME extractions, which have been phased out when migrating from the Solaris Operating System to Linux.

Beyond the IT aspects, implementing SDMX along the whole production chain will reduce the risks of errors caused by conversions from one format to another. It also results in all stakeholders (whether in Member States or International Organisations) speaking the same ‘language’ (i.e. using the same ‘dictionary’). This year, the ILO and OECD launched a new project to design a global DSD for Labour Statistics. Other SDMX sponsor organisations decided to take part in this project (ECB, World Bank, Eurostat).

DSD availability

The new DSD for JVS (ESTAT+JVS+2.1.xml) is stored in the Euro SDMX Registry: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sdmxregistry/

Transmission and Validation

All datasets transmitted to Eurostat must be through EDAMIS (Eurostat's Single Entry Point) in SDMX COMPACT format.

The validation of the data is made in Fame database.

Project contacts

Business request: ESTAT-VACANCY-STATISTICS@ec.europa.eu

SDMX technical request: ESTAT-SUPPORT-SDMX@ec.europa.eu

Planned actions and updates

When the revisions will be made, the countries and ECB will be informed.