In the first quarter of 2013 there were rises in the number of jobs openings, in job placements, and in the positive net hiring balance, but also in the number of layoffs, according to analysis by the research and economics administration in the Ministry of the Economy, based on a survey of private sector eomplyers.
Analysis of demand for workers indicates a slight rise in the number of jobs available from a daily average of 62.1 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2012 to 63 thousand in the first quarter of 2013, a rise of 1.6%.
There was also a rise in net hiring (job placements minus layoffs), which was 11.4 thousand jobs per month, compared with 7.3 thousand in the previous quarter. The rise stemmed from a rise in job placements, and a smaller rise in the number of layoffs.
Employers' expectations of changes in employment activity remain negative. Expectations concerning hiring of manpower in the near term have however improved, and they remain positive.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on April 28, 2013
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