Almost 24,000 job offers unfilled in October
The Employment and Professional Training Institute (IEFP) had almost 24,000 job offers unfilled at the end of October, in what is a record figure, according to ‘Diário de Notícias’ (DN).
According to the publication, the number of jobs without a candidate has been at this value since June, but in October the survey of these job vacancies to fill was over 54%, which contrasts with the same period last year, in which the same number dropped 15%.
These 23,600 vacancies without a candidate represent one of the highest figures since 1977, the year to which official records go back. In 2017 alone, that number was surpassed, with 24,600 jobs unfilled, at a time when Portugal was recovering from the debt crisis and the troika.
This scenario, says the ‘DN’, coincides with the manifestations of many businessmen who complain about the lack of labor and confirms that many of these vacancies are at low prices and precarious conditions, which lead candidates to refuse as offers.
Despite this, according to the IEFP, unemployment has been falling and the pace of placements is evolving rapidly, thus alleviating the pressure on the labor market and Social Security.