The number of vacancies has fallen by 28% since the lockdown – but the market is hardly shrinking anymore

The number of new vacancies in the Netherlands has fallen sharply after the lockdown measures were introduced. There are 28 percent fewer vacant positions online than before the corona crisis, according to an analysis by Intelligence Group. The data company looked at all vacancies in the Netherlands up to and including 7 June 2020.

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The contraction among employers is almost twice as large as among employment agencies, 37 and 22 percent respectively compared to the average number of vacancies they had in the first two weeks of 2020.

On the positive side, the job market is hardly shrinking anymore. In its update in early May, Intelligence Group reported a 25 percent drop in the number of open positions since the intelligent lockdown.

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“There is currently a scarcity and there is sufficient current demand for labor potential,” says Geert-Jan Waasdorp, director of Intelligence Group. “The real growth in unemployment is not expected until after the summer holidays at the earliest, when the major employers start implementing reorganization plans.”

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Much or little affected by the 1,5 meter economy

Intelligence Group also investigated which industries are suitable and less suitable for the 1.5-meter economy. A survey among 2,023 employed persons shows that almost half of the fields (47 percent) lend themselves well to keeping sufficient distance.

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The top 10 subject areas that are least affected by the restrictions are:

  • Communication/ PR/ Journalism
  • Financial/ Accountancy
  • Marketing
  • ICT/Automation
  • Call center/ customer service
  • Administrative/ Secretarial
  • Personnel and organization / HRM
  • Agricultural/Fishing/ Horticulture
  • Board/(interim) management
  • Policy and governance

35 percent of those surveyed work in a sector that is less suitable for the 1.5-meter society. The top 10 in it are:

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  • Education, Education and Training
  • Nursing / Care / Wellbeing
  • (Para)Medical services (human or animal)
  • Cultural/ Art
  • Catering / Service and food preparation
  • Social/ Societal/ Agogic
  • Tourism/ Recreation/ Sports
  • Installation, repair and maintenance
  • Security/Defence/Police/Fire Department
  • Production
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Author: Jobly