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Job vacancies rise

November 15, 2010. Jerusalem Post: Sharon Wrobel

Job vacancies in the business sector surged 23.9 percent to 68,200 in October from 55,000 in September, led by demand in the business-services and hospitality and food sectors, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported Monday.

“The figures for October in comparison with September do not take into account the impact of seasonal parameters and the effect of the High Holy Days” the report said. “However, compared with the same month last year, the number of job vacancies in October this year was 52.5% higher.”

Since the beginning of the year, the number of job vacancies rose gradually from 40,500 in January to 68,200 in October as the economy emerged out of the global economic crisis.

The total number of employed people grew gradually since the beginning of the year from 2,047,500 in January to 2,126,500 in October.

The business-services sector had the largest growth in job vacancies in October compared with September (4,300), followed by the hospitality and food sector (3,700), the statistics bureau reported.

In the July-October period, the positions in highest demand were sales staff, including agents, advisers and shop assistants, followed by waitress staff and engineers.

There were an average of 5,880 available jobs for sales positions in the July-October period, or 8.6% of all available jobs in the economy, 4,315 for waitress staff and 2,850 for engineering staff.

There was an increase in available jobs among companies of all sizes. Medium-sized companies employing 10 to 49 workers had the largest growth in job vacancies, up 82.3%. Job vacancies increased 4.2% in small companies with five to nine workers and 4.8% in large companies with more than 100 employees.

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