In the third quarter of 2019, the number of occupied posts increased again, but the quarterly growth was slightly lower than in previous periods. The number of job vacancies remained the same as in the previous quarter, while the job vacancy rate decreased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 2.2%.
Supply of job vacancies in the third quarter of 2019 at the level of the previous quarter
In the third quarter of 2019, slightly more than 17,700 job vacancies were recorded in Slovenia, which is the same as in the previous quarter. Demand for new labour force decreased the most in administrative and support service activities, where around 200 fewer job vacancies were advertised than in the previous quarter. More than half of job vacancies were recorded in manufacturing, construction and trade; in all three activities together almost 56% of all job vacancies were advertised.
In the observed quarter, employers with 10 or more persons in paid employment advertised slightly more than 11,100 job vacancies, which was 62.8% of all job vacancies in Slovenia. On the other hand, these employers had 81.4% of all occupied posts, which indicates that larger employers were not looking for new labour force as often as smaller ones.
The number of occupied posts increased in this quarter too
Seasonally adjusted data show that the number of occupied posts has been increasing since the second quarter of 2014, but quarter-on-quarter growth was slightly lower than in previous periods. In the third quarter of 2019 around 773,700 posts were occupied, 2,200 more than in the previous quarter. And in which activities did the number of occupied posts increase the most? This quarter there were around 1,000 more occupied posts in construction and around 700 more in transportation and storage, compared to the previous quarter.
Job vacancy rate went down by 0.1 of a percentage point
In the third quarter of 2019 the job vacancy rate was 2.2%, which is 0.1 of a percentage point less than in the previous quarter. Compared to the same quarter of 2018 it decreased by 0.3 of a percentage point. In this quarter the job vacancy rate was the highest in construction (6%) and the lowest in public administration and defence and in electricity supply (both 0.5%).
Where is Slovenia ranked compared to other EU Member States?
Eurostat published the latest available data for the second quarter of 2019. Comparable data which includes all fields of activity (B to S) and all business entities with at least one employee is available for 17 Member States. The job vacancy rate was the highest in the Czech (6.4%), followed by Netherlands (3.3%). Among 17 countries Slovenia was ranked seventh with 2.3% job vacancy rate. At the bottom of the scale was Bulgaria with the lowest job vacancy rate (0.9%). These data published by Eurostat are not seasonally adjusted.
Data are seasonally adjusted.
Time series models were carefully revised and, if necessary, changed. The entire period was taken into account. Due to changes, larger revisions in seasonal adjustment results are possible.