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Public sector offered fewer jobs in Q2

The second quarter saw less open positions in the public sector, but fresh graduates were in fairly good position.

The number of available jobs has significantly fallen back on a quarterly basis in the public sector, the latest online labor market report released by Jobinfo.hu shows.

At the same time, fresh graduates and interns had better chances on the job market in the second quarter of the year than they did in Q1, the report reveals.

One of the reasons for this tendency, says Jobinfo.hu’s head Balázs Kristók, is that employers were prepared for the flow of fresh graduates at the beginning of the summer. Also, several companies are contemplated on hiring again, but they favor career starters, who can be employed on more favorable terms for the employer than those with years of work experience.

Vocational workers were also on the top of the companies’ wish list in Q2, as well as financial experts and those with skills in areas of logistics, supply and haulage. According to Jobinfo.hu, the number of positions announced for these areas was 20% higher in Q2 than in the first three months of the year.

At the same time, those wanting to get a job in the public sector weren’t so lucky. The biggest setback was in the area of public administration, but less education and health jobs in the public sector were offered as well.

The biggest demand was for engineers, IT experts and other technical professionals during the second three months of the year, basically unchanged from the first quarter. Nearly 25% of the 90,000 job offers were for them, according to data from Jobinfo.hu.

“This clearly shows that our education system still can not produce enough of such professionals,” Kristók commented.

As for required foreign languages, English remained the number one favorite among employers, followed by German and French. In general, employers required the knowledge of foreign languages in a greater number in Q2 than they did in Q1.

The number of open positions was 5% higher in the second quarter than in Q1, but there is no significant change in geographic aspects. Budapest still rules the job market (37.4% of the jobs offered during the period were in the capital). However, Zala, Győr-Moson-Sopron and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties saw more than 20% increases in the number of jobs in Q2, but when translating into numbers, these only meant a few dozens more new positions in the given regions.