In the 2nd quarter there were 7,600 job vacancies

news release no 105

According to Statistics Estonia, there were 7,600 job vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Compared to the same period of the previous year, their number decreased by 6.9%, but increased by 9.1% compared to the previous quarter.

The rate of job vacancies was 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. The rate of job vacancies is the share of job vacancies in the total number of jobs (sum of occupied posts and vacancies).

The rate of job vacancies was the highest in accommodation and food service activities (3.1%) and the rate of job vacancies was the lowest in real estate activities (0.6%).

The increase in the number of job vacancies was the biggest in human health and social work activities, where there were 1.3 times more vacancies, compared to the 2nd quarter of 2012.

56% of job vacancies and occupied posts are in Harju county (incl. Tallinn). The rate of job vacancies was the highest in Hiiu county (3.3%), at the same time only 0.5% of all jobs (job vacancies and occupied posts total) are in Hiiu county.

24% of the job vacancies were in the public sector and 76% in the private sector. The rate of job vacancies was 1.2% in the public sector and 1.5% in the private sector. The public sector also includes companies owned by the state or local government.

Rate of job vacancies, 1st quarter 2005 – 2nd quarter 2013

Diagram: Rate of job vacancies, 1st quarter 2005 – 2nd quarter 2013

In the 1st quarter of 2013, 56,600 employees were engaged and left their jobs in total (labour turnover). The decrease in labour turnover was 3.0% compared to the 1st quarter of the previous year.

A job vacancy is a paid post that is newly created, unoccupied or becomes vacant when an employee leaves, and for which the employer is actively trying to find a suitable candidate from outside the enterprise, institution or organisation concerned.

The data are based on the job vacancies and labour turnover survey conducted by Statistics Estonia since 2005. In 2013, the sample included 11,740 enterprises, institutions and organisations.

For further information:

Vilma Mere
Leading Statistician
Wages Statistics Service
Statistics Estonia
S Tel +372 625 9348

More detailed data have been published in the Statistical Database (job vacancies and occupied posts and engaged and left employees).