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Job Vacancies

Last updated: 08-12-2020

The purpose of the statistics is to analyse the development in the number of job vacancies held by employers in the Danish labour market. The job vacancy statistics is an important labour market indicator as businesses typically reduce the number of job vacancies before they begin the dismissal of employees. Data on job vacancies is collected in accordance with similar guidelines by all EU Member States, which implies that the statistics are suitable for comparing the development in the number of job vacancies across the EU Member States.

Statistical presentation

The statistics shows the quarterly development in the real number of job vacancies and job vacancy rates in relation to the sum of job vacancies and occupied posts in the Danish labour market. The statistics are broken into economic activity and size, which makes it possible to monitor and analyse the scope and structure of the demand for labour by industry and size level of the workplaces. Furthermore, the number of job vacancies and job vacancy rates at regional level are estimated.

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Statistical processing

The statistics are compiled with use off a digital questionnaire, with a quarterly survey population of approximately 7,000 local units . Data are corrected for errors and for not reported data an imputation is conducted.

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Relevance

The users of the statistics are primary the press, private companies, private persons and Eurostat. The statistic is used in analysis about the demand for labour and in the public debate. Data on job vacancies are collected in accordance with similar guidelines by all EU Member States, which implies that the statistics are suitable for comparing the development in the number of job vacancies across the EU Member States.

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Accuracy and reliability

As with all other sample-based statistics, there are some sample errors associated with the estimates. As is the case in other EU Member States, the variation coefficient (CV), which is the standard deviation in relation to the estimate, is used in calculating the sample errors. For the total number of occupied posts the variation coefficient is under 1 per cent, while for the total number of job vacancies the variation coefficient is 3-5 per cent. For the NACE sections and size classes the CV are relatively high. This is due to the great variations between the number of job vacancies reported and the many data reported concerning zero vacancies..

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Timeliness and punctuality

Data are released around 75 days after the reference quarter. The punctuality is very high, as delays in planned releases happen very rarely.

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Comparability

From the third quarter of 2012 a new more updated population is used in the enumeration process. The population is drawn from the ESR-register and contains information on the number of occupied posts, which are only three quarters old compared to the former population which was based on a less updated register. The changed enumeration process is estimated to have impact on the number of job vacancies, but not on the JVR (Job Vacancy Rate), which means that the number of job vacancies are not comparable historically in contrast to the JVR.

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Accessibility and clarity

Data are published quarterly in News from Statistics Denmark. Figures are published in the tables LSK01, LSK02 and LSK03. Furthermore the figures are included in Statistical Yearbook. See more at the statistics subject page Job vancancies.

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