Analysts suggest that the figures show that the Flemish economy is recovering more quickly than anticipated. The economy received a set-back in 2008 and 2009, but is now powering ahead more quickly than the forecasters had predicted.
In March the total number of new vacancies was up 14% on the year. The figure of 29,000 vacancies is the highest figure that the VDAB has ever been able to record during a single month.
Yet another record was broken in March 2011. At the end of March the VDAB had a record number of vacancies on its books: 52,000.
Demand is greatest in the steel industry, in machine manufacturing and the transport sector. There is also a big demand for engineers, ICT people, lorry drivers and stock managers.