Island’s private sector businesses had an estimated 8,912 job vacancies in
the Spring of 2008. This translated to a job vacancy rate of 2.2
percent, or a little more than two job openings for every one hundred
jobs filled. In comparison, there were 10,949 vacancies reported during
the same survey period in 2006, reflecting a vacancy rate of 2.7
• Over half (53.8%) of the 2008 estimated vacancies were for full-time
• The majority (78.4%) of the vacancies were for permanent
positions, while 21.6 percent were for seasonal
or temporary positions.
• Nearly half (45.1%) of the estimated vacancies had been open
for less than 30 days and less than 10 percent had been open for 60 days
or longer. Employers reported that they were constantly recruiting for
more than 30 percent of their vacant positions.
• The majority of vacancies were for
educated and experienced workers. One third (33.3%) required a college
degree (Associate or higher) and nearly 38 percent required a high
school diploma/GED. Less than one-quarter of the job openings had no
• Nearly 60 percent (58.6%) required experience in a related
position and 20 percent required general work experience.
• Many of the vacancies provided benefits such as health
insurance (62.0%), paid vacation (59.8%), retirement/pension plan
(52.0%) and paid sick leave (51.9%).
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