Israel's job market has become increasingly more favorable for those seeking work over the last five months, with the number of requests for employees rising by some 9,000 from April through August, the Israel Employment Services reported on Sunday.
In August 2007, there were 25,615 requests for employees, a rise of 18.3 percent above August of last year and an increase of 6.1% above July of this year, according to the IES.
Additionally, the number of job requests last month represented the highest monthly numbers since June 2005 while the average number of job requests per month from January-August (21,600) are more than 1,000 above the average from last year over those same months.
According to the IES figures, nearly 48%, or 12,209, of the advertised job openings in August were for unskilled positions, while just over 53%, or 13,406, of the positions were geared towards skilled employees, including academics, managers and agriculture specialists.
Among the most requested positions in August were those for industrial workers, sales and service people, technicians and office workers.
The Dan region led all geographic areas in the numbers of job openings with 7,185, followed by the Southern region with 5,195, the Northern region with 5,065, the Central and Valley region with 4,248 and then the greater Jerusalem region with 3,920 job openings.
Compared to August 2006, the Northern region had 2,133, or 72.7%, more positions available this year, while the Central and Valley regions showed a rise of 27.1%, or 905, more openings in August 2007 above last August.