Never before have so few people looked for a job: ’empty benches at recruiters’

Companies are eagerly looking for employees, but the proportion of the workforce looking for a job has never been this low. In the months of July to September this decreased further from 11.1 percent to 10.7 percent.

This is evident from figures from labor market researcher Intelligence Group.

In addition, the share in the labor force of people who are not looking for (other) work at all has increased further. In a market where demand has never been higher, the supply of active job seekers has never been lower, writes Intelligence Group, which has been measuring this since 2003. The share of entrepreneurs who indicated that they had a shortage of personnel was 23.1 percent in July.

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At the same time, the pressure to recruit staff is greater than ever. Banks at secondments are empty. The number of applications has fallen sharply. Recruiters have the average offer of 8 applications per vacancy or four freelancers per assignment, see a shrinking number of candidates or no enthusiasm per vacancy or assignment.

More than 34 percent of the Dutch working population was approached at least once in the past quarter by an intermediary or employer for a job. This applies to the entire labor market, but a number of disciplines take the cake. The list below shows the sectors in which people are most often approached.

More than percent of the Dutch working

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Top 10 most approached disciplines (% that are approached at least once per quarter)1. Engineering (63%)2. Consultancy/Advice (60%)3. ICT/Automation (58%)4. Board of Directors/(interim) management (53%)5. Installation, repair and maintenance (53%)6. Marketing (50%)7. Research/ Science/ R&D (48%)8. Financial/ Accountancy (48%)9. Legal (46%)110. Quality management/Process improvement (45%)

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According to Intelligence Group, it was expected that labor market activity would recover after the summer and more people would start looking for a new job. But the opposite seems to be the case. Why this happens is unclear. It could be a combination of vaccinating or not, meeting jobseekers’ demands on benefits such as pay and flexibility and an increased wait-and-see attitude from employees, Intelligence Group said.

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Author: Jobly