19,876 job-seekers were registered with national employment agency Adem on 30 June 2020. Compared to the same date last year, this figure represents an increase of 4,839, or 32.2%. The overall unemployment rate currently lies at 7%.

Adem provided a nuanced analysis of the alarming figures. According to the employment agency, the increase is mainly due to the fact that fewer registered jobseekers secured employment. In other words, there were not more people seeking employment but fewer people secured a job. 1,898 new jobseekers were registered with Adem in June this year, which actually represents a decrease of 2.3% compared to June last year. At the same time, only 1,487 people secured employment last month as opposed to 2,611 jobseekers in June 2019.

The number of non-residents registered with Adem has also increased by 44.5% compared to the same month last year, reaching 1,094.

There were 3,003 available positions in June 2020, which represents a decrease of 16.5% compared to June 2019. There is, however, also a positive aspect to this percentage: the number of available positions increased by 30% compared to May 2020.

The number of resident jobseekers receiving unemployment benefits increased by 3,030 (42%) over one year, and is now exceeding the 10,000 mark.

Ten most in-demand jobs

The ten most in-demand jobs accounted for 31.7% of all available positions in June 2020.

  • Facilities cleaning jobs (344 positions)
  • Accounting (108)
  • IT studies and development (90)
  • Masonry (78)
  • Business organisation and management consulting (77)
  • Administration /secretariat (66)
  • Catering services (54)
  • Consulting / project management for information systems (49)
  • Sales (clothing and personal accessories) (44)
  • Kitchen staff (42)