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AMS Announces New Record in Job Vacancies

Published: July 12, 2011; 14:53 · (Vindobona)

The number of vacancies increased by 9.7% in the first half of 2011. Nearly all industries and provinces contributed to the development.

AMS Announces New Record in Job Vacancies / Picture: © Vindobona.org

In the first six months of 2011, the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) registered a total of 226,076 new vacancies which corresponds to a new record. Compared to the first half of 2010, the number of listed positions increased by 19,967 or 9.7%. According to Herbert Buchinger, Chairman of the Board of Directors, the positive development is attributable to quality improvement measures implemented by the AMS.

Not only the quantity, but also the quality of vacancies has been increased significantly. The AMS made a particular effort to find offerings for highly qualified persons, Buchinger explained. The highest increase was registered in vacancies for personnel with completed vocational training (+12.7%), followed by job offerings for people with higher education (+9.6%). 73% of all vacancies were full-time jobs, 18% were part-time positions and 9% were not specified by the employers.

Nearly all industries showed a growing demand for workforce. The strongest rise was recorded in the segment “other services” with companies reporting 68,747 vacancies (+24.3%) from January to June. Trade (30,723 vacancies, +10.6%) and the manufacturing industry (20,219 vacancies, +16.1%) also showed strong demand.

All except one of the nine Austrian provinces registered an upward trend. Vienna (+22.5%), Vorarlberg (+22.2%), Styria (+11.8%) and Upper Austria (+11.1%) recorded the strongest increases in vacancies. Burgenland (-11.6%) was the only province that showed a decline.