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Portugal has over 60,000 jobs “nobody wants”

Salespeople, IT technicians and call centre operators among hardest jobs to attract candidates

Pressure on Portugal’s labour market continues to grow, with government data showing that there were over 60,000 unfilled vacancies between July and September 2022.

This represents a 43.9% increase compared to the same three-month span in 2021 and a 19.9% increase compared to the April-June period in 2022.

Salespeople, IT technicians and call centre operators are identified as the jobs that companies struggle the most to find candidates for, according to Jornal de Notícias.

Ministry of Employment data shows that 11,742 vacancies for salespeople went unfilled between July and September 2022, followed by 5,264 unfilled job openings for IT technicians and 4,978 call centre operator vacancies which failed to attract interest.

More than one third of the unfilled vacancies are in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (23,377), followed by the North (18,117) and Centre (9,844).

JN adds that the unfilled job vacancy rate is 1.7% in Portugal. In other words, 17 in every 1,000 job openings registered by Portugal’s Employment and Professional Training Institute (IEFP) fail to attract candidates.

By Michael Bruxo

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