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The German job vacancy survey



"The German job vacancy survey has been conducted since 1989 by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the research institute of the Federal Employment Agency. It was started as a yearly written survey in Western Germany and was extended to Eastern Germany in 1992. From the outset the object was to obtain information on the number and the structure of job vacancies (registered and not registered) and on staff searching processes. In each fourth quarter a multiple page questionnaire is sent out to a representative number of private firms and public administrations in all economic sectors (except Private households and Extra-territorial organizations and bodies). The statistical units are local units with at minimum one employee covered by the social insurance system. Since 2006 the written surveys in the fourth quarter have been supplemented by short telephone interviews in the first, second and third quarter to get short-term information on the development of the labour demand during a year." (Text excerpt, IAB-Doku) ((en))

Further information


Bibliographical information

Kettner, Anja; Vogler-Ludwig, Kurt (2010): The German job vacancy survey * an overview. In: S. A. Europäische Kommission (Ed.), First and second International Workshops on Methodologies for Job Vacancy Statistics. Proceedings, Luxemburg, pp. 7-17.