Job vacancy rate in Q2 highest on record

Ljubljana, 09 August (STA) - Slovenia continues to face a shortage of labour, which is corroborated by the rising job vacancy rate. The indicator reached an all-time high of 2.6% in the second quarter, up 0.1 percentage points from the previous quarter.

Hospitality stood out with a 7.4% job vacancy rate in April-June. The sector was trailed by other business activities, which had a 5.2% vacancy rate, according to the latest Statistics Office data released on Thursday.

In total, there were 19,700 job openings on the last work day in May, when the Office collected data. This is an increase of 700 vacancies compared to the previous quarter.

Almost 4,000 vacancies were recorded in manufacturing, which was followed by construction (3,300) and retail trade (2,900).

Broken down by size, companies with ten or more employees had 12,300 or 62.5% of vacant jobs, according to the Office, which collects data on job vacancy since 2008.