The Slovak labour market changed considerably over the ten years to 2010, employing more people with a university education and witnessing a significant shift in employment from production to services, reads an analysis published by consulting and research company Trexima Bratislava.
According to the analysis, entitled 'Employment Trends in Slovakia 2000-10', the agricultural sector saw the steepest decline in its workforce and, conversely, commerce, gastronomy and tourism reported the biggest gains, the TASR newswire reported. The production sector, including agriculture, industry, construction and energy, which provided jobs for 46 percent of the active population 12 years ago, employed 39 percent of economically active Slovaks in 2010. Employment in agriculture, animal production and fishing fell by 50,000. Textiles, garments and leather processing also showed a 3-percent drop in the overall labour force (by 60,000). Further decreases have been reported in the sectors of food processing, pulp and paper, glass processing, pottery, metallurgy and ironworks, among others.
Commerce, marketing, gastronomy and tourism sectors experienced the opposite trend, with employment in these areas growing by 110,000 staff during the same period. The analysis points out that the proportion of university-educated people in the labour market rose by 8 percent, while 2 percent fewer workers had only basic education in 2010.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Jun 2012 at 14:00