Most vacancies are open in these 7 sectors: shortage on the labor market extremely high

The tightness in the labor market increased further in the first quarter due to the continued growth in the number of vacancies and a further decline in the number of unemployed. The number of jobs increased by 127,000 to a record high of more than 11 million, reports the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). At Schiphol, NS and Rijkswaterstaat, among others, problems have surfaced in recent weeks due to staff shortages.

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At the end of March, there were 451,000 vacancies, 59,000 more than at the end of the fourth quarter. The increase surpasses the record of 392,000 vacancies set in the previous quarter. Last quarter there were 133 vacancies for every 100 unemployed, compared to 106 vacancies per 100 at the end of 2021. There was more work in all industries. Most vacancies were in trade, business services and care. Together, these three industries account for half of all unfilled vacancies. Together with the hospitality industry, industry, information and communication, and the construction industry, they make up the top 7. After a contraction in the fourth quarter of 2021, when a lockdown was still in effect at the end of December, the number of vacancies in the hospitality industry grew the fastest. With 112 vacancies in a thousand employee jobs, the vacancy rate in this sector doubled. Never before has a vacancy rate above 100 been measured in an industry.

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Record of nearly 9 million employee jobs

The number of employee jobs rose to a record of more than 8.8 million. The number of self-employed jobs also increased to a record 2.4 million. More than one in five jobs is self-employed.

The employment agencies added 57,000 employee jobs. That represented an increase of 7.6 percent, the largest increase in the past 26 years. Due to this recovery, the temporary employment sector is back to the level it was before corona.

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In the first quarter, 338,000 people were unemployed. That is 3.5 percent of the working population. Unemployment thus reached a record low since the quarterly measurements from 2003. The unused labor potential, which also includes part-time workers who want to work more hours, fell by 75,000 to 1.1 million. This reduced the untapped potential for the seventh consecutive quarter.

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Statistics Netherlands also reported in collaboration with TNO that the number of employees with a flexible employment relationship increased in the first quarter compared to a year ago. In particular, the number of flexible employees with relatively more security, such as people with a temporary contract with a view to a permanent contract, was higher, while there were fewer on-call workers.

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Author: Jobly