New increase in the number of job vacancies

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New increase in the number of job vacancies

Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, publishes today the number of job vacancies in Belgian enterprises in the 1st quarter 2022. The job vacancy rate – the number of job vacancies compared to the total number of jobs in the enterprise – increases primarily in the sectors ‘Real estate activities’, ‘Transportation and storage’ and ‘Financial and insurance activities’. The job vacancy rate for temporary positions remains significantly higher than that of permanent positions.

 

 

The total number of job vacancies increases by 4.96%

In the first quarter of 2022, Belgian enterprises offered 205,877 job vacancies compared to 196,140 in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The job vacancy rate – the number of job vacancies compared to the total number of jobs in the enterprise – has also increased from 4.72% to 4.83%.

The number of job vacancies rose in the 3 regions, with an increase of 6,232 job vacancies in the Flemish Region, 2,519 in the Brussels-Capital Region and 986 in the Walloon Region compared to the fourth quarter 2021.

With 68% of all job vacancies in Belgium, the Flemish Region remains the region with the largest number of job vacancies, followed by the Walloon Region with 20% and the Brussels-Capital Region with 12%.

The job vacancy rate remains higher in the Flemish Region (5.51%) than in the Brussels-Capital Region (3.95%) and in the Walloon Region (3.77%).

 

 

Type of enterprises and type of jobs

There are 4.57 times more job vacancies in large and medium-sized enterprises than in small enterprises. However, the job vacancy rate remains higher in small enterprises (6.98%) than in large and medium-sized enterprises (4.53%).

Although more job vacancies are offered for permanent positions (85.60%), the job vacancy rate is significantly higher for temporary positions (20.96%) than for permanent positions (4.28%).

Breakdown by activity sector (NACE)

More than three quarters (75.1%) of job vacancies can be found in five economic sectors: the non-profit sector, scientific activities and administrative services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade and construction.

The job vacancy rate mainly increases in the sectors ‘Real estate activities’ (+1.48 percentage points), ‘Transportation and storage’ (+0.75 points) and ‘Financial and insurance activities’ (+0.61 points). Furthermore, this rate becomes the highest in the sector ‘Accommodation and food service activities’ (9.5%) and remains the lowest in the non-profit sector (2.9%).