Requests for workers rise
Jobs portal Alljobs today reported a 13% increase in requests for workers in June-August 2009 compared with March-May. Requests for workers rose by 8% in June and 19% in July, but fell 6% in August to 35,824 positions offered.
A breakdown of requests for workers by industry in August, compared with July, showed a 19% drop in the financial industry to 2,527 positions from 3,103 positions. Demand for financial workers was 28% less than the 3,509 positions available in August 2008.
Demand for high-tech workers was 16% lower in August than in July: 7,573 positions compared with 8,991 positions, respectively. Demand for high-tech workers was 10% less than the 8,398 positions available in August 2008.
Demand for real estate workers was 9% higher in August than in July: 246 positions compared with 226 positions, respectively. Demand for real estate workers was 18% higher than the 209 positions available in August 2008. Demand for biotechnology workers was 6% higher in August than in July: 165 positions compared with 155 positions, respectively, and was unchanged compared with August 2008.
Alljobs CEO Revital Handler is unconcerned by the drop in demand for workers in August after the gains in June and July. She said, "Reality on the ground suggests cautious optimism about recovery from the crisis that began exactly one year ago. It should be remembered that many companies operated in reduced capacity during August because many employees are on summer vacation. If this trend continues in months after the Rosh Hashana, we can look at the future with assurance, and mark the emergence from the crisis."
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