Number of job vacancies rises

Workers in construction, education in high demand; Job vacancies increased 2.5% in September.

October 14, 2010 22:23
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People stand in line at the Employment Authority.

unemployment 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Job vacancies increased 2.5 percent to 54,600 in September, from 53,800 in August, led by the construction and education sectors, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported Thursday.

“The figures for September point to a moderate rise in the number of job vacancies compared with August,” the report said. “But compared with the same month last year, the number of job vacancies in September this year was 9% higher.”

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Since the beginning of the year, the number of job vacancies rose gradually from 40,500 in January to 54,600 in September as the economy emerged out of the global economic crisis and demand for workers increased. Similarly, the total number of employed people grew gradually from 2,047,500 in January to 2,111,100 in September, the report said.

The largest growth in job vacancies in September was in the construction sector, with 2,900 additional jobs, followed by the education sector, with 1,600 additional jobs.

In the July-September period, the most in demand positions were for sales staff, including agents, advisers and shop assistants.

Available jobs in sales positions was an average of 6,000 in the July-September period, representing 10.7% of all available jobs.

There was a decline of 25% in available jobs in September compared to August in medium-sized companies employing 10 to 49 workers, while job vacancies in small companies with five to nine workers increased by 11% and in large companies of more than 100 employees by 30%.

Separately, the Manpower Professional Israel Index published this week showed that demand for workers in the human-resources sector surged 25% in the third quarter, while demand for workers in managerial positions declined 11.9%, compared with the second quarter. During the same period, demand for sales and marketing staff rose 27%.

The Manpower Professional Israel Index is based on the Employment Service’s quarterly survey of job-vacancy advertisements in the Hebrew press.

“The strength of the Israeli job market is evident in the employment data published recently, which registered a rise in payrolls and a level of unemployment that was down to 6.2%,” Bank Hapoalim said Thursday in its Purchasing Managers Index report. The index registered a slight 0.3 percentage point increase in September, to a level above 50%, which distinguishes between the expansion and contraction of manufacturing activity. “The most stable component of the index in the last period was employment, which has been indicating expansion for the past 14 months.”

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