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National Survey of Vacancies in the Private Non-Agricultural Sector 1998: A report prepared for FAS and Forfas


  • Williams, James

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

  • Hughes, Gerard

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))


CONTENTS: Summary 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 National Surveys of Vacancies 1990-1997 1.2 Background and Objectives of the 1998 Survey of Private Sector Vacancies 2. METHODOLOGY 2.1 The Questionnaire 2.2 Sample Design and Response Rates 2.3 Re-weighting the Data 2.4 Survey Implementation 3. EMPLOYMENT LEVELS AND TRENDS 3.1 Current Employment and Recent Change in Employment Levels 3.2 The Structure of Current Employment 3.3 Employment Projections for one Year's Time 3.4 Summary 4. INCIDENCE AND LEVELS OF CURRENT VACANCIES 4.1 Incidence of Current Vacancies 4.2 Methods of Recruitment used to fill current vacancies 4.3 Level of Current Vacancies 4.4 Incidence of Difficult-to-fill vacancies 4.5 Nature of Most Difficult-to-fill vacancy 4.6 Reasons for Problems in Filling Firm's Most Difficult-to-Fill Vacancy 4.7 Summary 5. VACANCIES OVER THE LAST YEAR 5.1 Incidence of Difficult-to-fill Vacancies of the Last Year 5.2 Nature of Most Difficult-to-fill Vacancy of Last Year 5.3 Consequences of Difficult-to-fill Vacancies 5.4 Steps Taken to Fill Difficult Vacancies 5.5 Summary 6. DIFFICULTIES IN RETAINING EXISTING STAFF 6.1 Incidence of Current Difficulties in Retaining Existing Staff 6.2 Nature of Jobs in which Firms are finding Difficulties in Retaining Staff 6.3 Perceived Reasons for Difficulties in Retaining Staff 6.4 Summary 7. PERCEPTIONS OF CHANGING SKILL LEVELS 7.1 Perceptions of Changing Skill Requirements of Jobs 7.2 Reasons for Increases in Skill Levels 7.3 Summary 8. REGIONAL VARIATIONS 8.1 Variations in the Incidence of and Responses to Current Vacancies 8.2 Vacancies in the Year Preceding the Survey 8.3 Difficulties in Retaining Existing Staff 8.4 Summary 9. TRAINING AND VACANCIES 9.1 The Incidence of Formal, Structured Training 9.2 The Nature of Formal, Structured Training Courses 9.3 Training through On-the-Job Instruction 9.4 Combined Formal and On-the-Job Training Activity 9.5 Training, Vacancies and Perceptions of Changing Skill Requirements 9.6 Summary 10. CONCLUSIONS THE QUESTIONNAIRE

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  • Williams, James & Hughes, Gerard, 1999. "National Survey of Vacancies in the Private Non-Agricultural Sector 1998: A report prepared for FAS and Forfas," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BMI150.
  • Handle: RePEc:esr:resser:bmi150

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