The number of job vacancies continues to grow. In late March there were, seasonally corrected, 135,000 job vacancies, seven thousand more than the previous quarter.
Almost all sectors contributed to this increase, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published Friday.
The private sector accounted entirely for the increase, with a growth of about 8 thousand open vacancies relative to the preceding quarter. The number of job vacancies in the public sector remained stable over the same period. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects.
The vacancy rate, i.e. the number of vacancies per one thousand jobs is an indicator of the tightness of the labour market. The vacancy rate for the first quarter stood at 17 and has been at this level for nearly two years.
The labour market was more dynamic than in 2010. In the first quarter of this year, 197 thousand new vacancies were created, 23 thousand more than in the first quarter of 2010. The number of filled vacancies also rose; 186 thousand job vacancies were filled, compared with 176 thousand in the same period of 2010.