The FINANCIAL -- During the first five months of 2014 the number of job vacancies in Georgia increased by 2% compared with the same period of 2013. However, with 14.6% of citizens jobless the country remains the second leader by unemployment rate in the region, behind Armenia.
Oil-rich Azerbaijan (with a population of 9.4 million) has the smallest number of unemployed citizens. The number comprises just 5%. It is three times less than Georgia’s (with a population of 4.4 million). Azerbaijan is followed by Russia (141.9 million) with 5.3%, and Turkey (74.9 million) - with 10.2%. Armenia (2.9 million) is the only country that has slightly (0.5%) more unwaged citizens than Georgia. Armenia’s unemployment consists of 15.1%.
Like with unemployment rate, Georgia and Armenia offer the lowest monthly wages in the region. The average monthly salary of Armenians is USD 396. It is followed by Georgia, with USD 402.56, Azerbaijan - USD 539.27, Turkey - USD 778.64, and Russia - USD 933.166.
The first five months of the current year have shown 2% growth of vacancies published by employers.
“The most in-demand professions include: marketing, financier and accountant. The banking sector has been the main employer of 2014,” Tamar Jibuti, Marketing and Career Services Manager at Georgian American University (GAU), told The FINANCIAL.
“Considering the 2% growth from January-May 2014, we predict that during 2014 the number of vacancies will be increased in comparison with the previous year, “said Jibuti.
The number of vacancies published on the Civil Service Bureau - hr.gov.ge - in the first quarter of 2014 increased by 63.6% in comparison with the same period of the previous year. 2,203 vacancies were published on the administrative webpage hr.gov.ge during the first three months of 2014. The number was 801 during the same period of 2013.
“2,875 jobseekers visit the website every day. The number of unique registered users is 145,416,” said Ekaterine Kardava, Head of the Public Service Bureau.
According to Kardava, the top structures that offered the largest number of vacancies in 2014 are as follows: Tbilisi City Hall, with 122 vacancies, National Food Agency - 120 vacancies, and National Agency of Public Registry - 114 vacancies.
“9,544 vacancies were uploaded to hr.gov.ge during the whole of 2013. In 2012 the number was 822 and in 2011 it was 138,” said Kardava.
“The following professional fields were the most in-demand during 2013: administration (with 656 applications), juridical (617 applications), forest management (612), health (544) and management (425),” she added.
“The average wage amounts offered for the five most highly-demanded professions were: GEL 1,034 for administration, GEL 1,172 for juridical, GEL 734 for forest management, GEL 923 for health, and GEL 1,695 for management,” Kardava said.
There were 9,544 vacancies published on hr.gov.ge in total during 2013.
During 2013, the National Forest Agency published the largest number of vacancies - 586 in total, followed by the State Military Scientific - Technical Center Delta - with 510 vacancies, and the Revenue Service - with 397.
“The minimum amount of required job experience is two years,” Kardava added.
Georgian National Statistics Center: In 2013 the annual unemployment rate in Georgia declined by 0.4 percentage points and equalled 14.6 percent. 61.3% of workers are self-employed and 38.7% - hired.
The unemployment rate in urban areas reached 25.6%, down from the 26.2% of 2012. The unemployment rate in rural areas was 6.5%, down from the 7% of 2012.
The unemployment rate by gender shows an increase from 16.1% to 16.5% among males, while among females its drop is from 13.8% to 12.3%, as the 2013-2012 y-o-y comparison shows.
Bank of Georgia, one of the leading Georgian banks, regularly publishes new vacancies also on its private career webpage: job.bog.ge. Currently there are 14 job positions offered by the Bank: 1. Express Teller-Operator (Vani, Martvili, Chkhorotsku); 2. Service Center Manager (Zugdidi, Batumi, Tkibuli); 3. Sales Assistant (Marneuli, Rustavi, Poti, Senaki); 4. Expert-Estimator; 5. Universal Teller-Operator (24 hour Service Center); 6. Credit Risk System Manager; 7. Head of Credit Risks Analysis and System Management Unit; 8. Junior Collection’s Officer; 9. Junior Sales Manager (Batumi, Telavi, Zugdidi); 10. Cashier and Operator Professional Programs Teacher at Bank of Georgia University; 11. Graphics Designer; 12. Java Developer; 13. Back-Office Cashier; 14. .NET Developer.