Number of job ads up 66% y.o.y. in Q1

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Job advertising continues to grow, with companies in every county of the country constantly looking for new employees, according to job search portal Profession.hu's Q1 report.

Compared to the same period last year, 66% more jobs were advertised through the portal this year.

Most new workers are sought in the capital city based on the number of job advertisements posted, but at the same time, comparing the current volume of recruitment with the same period last year, the biggest increase was in Somogy County, where 108% more positions were advertised. It is followed by Pest County (77%), Tolna county (73%), Zala (71%), Vas (70%), Csongrád-Csanád and Győr-Moson-Sopron (67-67%), Baranya (64%), Bács-Kiskun (58%) and Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén (56%), but the increase in recruitment is significant throughout the country. The smallest increases were recorded in Békés (34%), Heves (28%) and Nógrád (14%) counties. 

Hospitality and skilled workers in high demand

Looking at job recruitment by category, hospitality saw the largest increase in advertising volume at the beginning of this year compared to the same period last year, but this is explained by the fact that last year, in the first quarter, restaurants and catering establishments were still closed in the country. This is followed by advertising in the professional, skilled and unskilled labor and administration sectors. The categories with the lowest growth were construction and IT programming. 

At the county level, there is variation in the demand for workers by occupation. While in Borsod county, administration, IT development, and healthcare have the highest demand for new workers compared to last year, in Komárom-Esztergom county IT operations, marketing and education have seen the largest increases, and healthcare job ads has dropped significantly. In Győr-Moson-Sopron, hospitality, IT programming and HR have the largest increases, while in Fejér county, business support centers (the SSC sector has maintained its podium position for nine consecutive months), HR and IT operations top the list. In Veszprém County, the trio of finance, hospitality, and healthcare has been able to grow the most. 

Number of job applications decreases

Compared to the same period last year, January-March 2022 saw a 15% drop in the number of applications for employment. Nevertheless, almost half of the counties recorded an increase - this positive shift was mainly in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, Baranya, and Hajdú-Bihar counties. 

Looking at the number of applicants by occupation, the most intensive growth was recorded in hospitality, hotel and tourism, followed by education, science and management, and then business support centers. At the beginning of this year, recruiters in engineering, banking, insurance, brokerage and IT programming recorded the lowest number of applications compared to the same period last year. 

"Companies can make recruitment more effective by transforming the way they recruit. It can help them to find the right candidates by targeting not only active job seekers, but also passive but potential candidates. It's worth searching the candidate database for employees who are not in job-seeking status but can be persuaded to change jobs or take up employment," suggests Imre Tüzes, business development and product management director at Profession.hu.  

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