Vacancy indicator

Vacancy indicator

Sector/branches Periods Vacancy indicator (%)
A-U All economic activities 2020 January 0.06
A-U All economic activities 2020 February -0.18
A-U All economic activities 2020 March -0.52
A-U All economic activities 2020 April -0.96
A-U All economic activities 2020 May -1.22
A-U All economic activities 2020 June -1.25
A-U All economic activities 2020 July -1.12
A-U All economic activities 2020 August -0.91
A-U All economic activities 2020 September* -0.69
C Manufacturing 2020 January -0.19
C Manufacturing 2020 February -0.50
C Manufacturing 2020 March -1.00
C Manufacturing 2020 April -1.69
C Manufacturing 2020 May -1.97
C Manufacturing 2020 June -1.79
C Manufacturing 2020 July -1.38
C Manufacturing 2020 August -0.91
C Manufacturing 2020 September* -0.46
F Construction 2020 January 0.02
F Construction 2020 February -0.14
F Construction 2020 March -0.31
F Construction 2020 April -0.47
F Construction 2020 May -0.60
F Construction 2020 June -0.71
F Construction 2020 July -0.80
F Construction 2020 August -0.88
F Construction 2020 September* -0.94
G-N Commercial services 2020 January 0.08
G-N Commercial services 2020 February -0.15
G-N Commercial services 2020 March -0.47
G-N Commercial services 2020 April -0.88
G-N Commercial services 2020 May -1.14
G-N Commercial services 2020 June -1.20
G-N Commercial services 2020 July -1.10
G-N Commercial services 2020 August -0.92
G-N Commercial services 2020 September* -0.72
Source: CBS.
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Table description

The vacancy indicator, which includes all economic activities, is a weighted arithmetic average of the vacancy indicators of the manufacturing industry, the construction industry and commercial services. These (partial) vacancy indicators are derived from different variables of the monthly Business Survey (COEN) conducted by Statistics Netherlands and the Economic Institute for Construction (EIB). The vacancy indicator gives a quick indication of the direction in which private sector vacancies are expected to develop.

Data available from: January 1999

Status of the figures:
The published results are provisional for six months, after that they are definitive. By information received later, the final results may deviate from the previously published preliminary results.

Changes as of 8 October 2020:
The results for September 2020 have been added.

When will the new figures be published?
The next publication with the results of October 2020 is expected to be published in November 2020.

Description topics

Vacancy indicator
The vacancy indicator, which includes all economic activities, gives an indication of the direction in which the vacancies are expected to develop according to the entrepreneurs. The more optimistic or pessimistic the entrepreneurs are about the development of vacancies, the more the value of the vacancy indicator will deviate positively or negatively from the zero line and the greater the expectation that the vacancies will increase or decrease. The vacancy indicator can have a value that varies between -3 and +3 percent.