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In the first quarter of 2020, the number of job vacancies was higher by 237 than in the previous quarter. The demand for new labour force was the highest in construction and manufacturing. The job vacancy rate was 2.1%, the same as in the previous quarter.
Supply of job vacancies in the first quarter of 2020 the same as in the previous quarter
In the Job Vacancy Survey, data are collected on the reference day in each quarter, which for the 1st quarter is 28 February 2020. The collected data are representative for each quarter. Although the current situation on the labour market is unstable due to the coronavirus crisis, two thirds of the first quarter were more or less normal, as indicated by the published data.
In the first quarter of 2020, almost 17,300 job vacancies were recorded in Slovenia, which is 237 more than in the previous quarter.
The demand for new labour force decreased the most in construction activities, where almost 360 fewer job vacancies were advertised than in the previous quarter followed by other business activities where it decreased by 250.
Increased demand was recorded in transport and storage (by almost 400) and in information and communication activities, where almost 230 more vacancies were advertised than in the previous quarter.
The annual comparison of the data, i.e. the 1st quarter of 2020 with the same quarter of 2019, shows a decrease in job vacancies, namely there were almost 2,900 fewer job vacancies in Slovenia. The greatest drop were recorded in manufacturing and construction activities (by almost 1,000 fewer job vacancies in each activity).
In the observed quarter, employers with 10 or more persons in paid employment advertised around 11,000 job vacancies, which was 63.9% of all job vacancies in Slovenia. On the other hand, these employers had 81.4% of all occupied posts.
The number of occupied posts increased in this quarter too
In the first quarter of 2020 seasonally adjusted data show that in Slovenia almost 793,000 posts were occupied, 26,600 more than in the same quarter of 2019.
This quarter there were almost 2,900 more occupied posts in education and around 2,100 more in human health and social work activities, compared to the previous quarter. In this quarter, we also included in the occupied posts the workplaces of persons who are simultaneously employed by two or more employers, up to the maximum full-time (40 hours per week).
At the level of Slovenia, this represented an increase of around 6,000 occupied posts, a quarter of which was in education, followed by professional, scientific and technical activities, trade and health care.
Therefore, the increase in the number of occupied posts in these activities may also be due to this methodological change.
Job vacancy rate remains the same as in the previous quarter
In the first quarter of 2020, the job vacancy rate was 2.1%, the same as in the previous quarter. Compared to the same quarter of 2019 it decreased by 0.5 of a percentage point. In this quarter the job vacancy rate was the highest in construction (5.0%) and in accommodation and food service activities (4.7%).
At employers with 10 or more persons in paid employment the job vacancy rate was the highest in other business activities (4.4%) and in construction (3.9%).
As mentioned, the data for the 1st quarter of 2020 do not reflect the current situation on the labour market due to the impact of the coronavirus on Slovenia and the entire global economy, but we expect that the data for the 2nd quarter of 2020 (reference day is May 29, published in August) will reflect the actual consequences.
Data are seasonally adjusted.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, SURS is faced with difficulties in data collection, checking and processing. In this situation SURS continues to be obliged to timely publication of data, but due to the mentioned reasons the data published in this release are of slightly lower quality and less reliable than usually.
Due to the measures which were valid in the Republic of Slovenia at the time of the collection of data on job vacancies (in March), we detected mainly difficulties in data collection. The response rate in the first quarter of 2020 amounted to 78.7%, which was 18.6 percentage points lower than the average response rate in 2019 (97.3%). As a result, there were several fields of activity in this quarter (there were 13 at the Slovenian level) with less reliable estimates of the number of job vacancies.
However, these reasons do not affect the number of posts occupied, as the data are taken from the administrative records and are based on full coverage.
More detailed information on methodological changes during the coronavirus epidemic can be found in the updated Methodological Explanation.