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German Job Vacancy Survey of the IAB

The IAB Job Vacancy Survey is an establishment survey covering the entire unfilled labour demand in Germany. It identifies the entire number of vacancies on the German labour market, including those vacancies that are not reported to the Federal Employment Agency (FEA), Germany’s public employment service. Furthermore, it offers information on lapsed vacancies and on employers’ perceptions of recent labour market policy developments.

For an overview of the data provided for the years 2000 to 2014 as well as information on data access please refer to the outline of the German Job Vacancy Survey of the IAB.

For detailed information as well as a current list of publications please refer to the IAB Job Vacancy Survey’s web site.

Dataset Description and List of Variables

The data set description includes the current data report, the variable-time-matrix, the codebooks and the frequency tables.


FDZ Datenreport




Version 2000-2014

FDZ-Datenreport 04/2017 (de)
FDZ-Datenreport 04/2017 (en)

Auszählungen (de)
Frequencies (en)

Variable-Time-Matrix Codebooks

Data Access

The IAB Establishment Panel is available via the following ways of Access:

  • On-site use at the FDZ. Further information on Applying for on-site use.
  • Remote data Access. Further information on Applying for remote data access.

Test data

Test data of the IAB Job Vacancy Survey are intended to enable you to write and test evaluation programs. The test data are generated by means disassociation of the original data. They are not eligible for analysis.

The test data include all variables of the original data with the same variable name, variable label and value label. Variables which are particulary sensitive in compliance with the current data protection legislation are not included in the test data.

Other working tools

Brenzel, Hanna; Czepek, Judith; Kiesl, Hans; Kriechel, Ben; Kubis, Alexander; Moczall, Andreas; Rebien, Martina; Röttger, Christof; Szameitat, Jörg; Warning, Anja; Weber, Enzo (2016): Revision of the IAB job vacancy survey * backgrounds, methods and results. (IAB-Forschungsbericht, 04/2016 (en)), Nürnberg, 61 S.

Datenkompendium: Kernindikatoren der IAB-Erhebung des Gesamtwirtschaftlichen Stellenangebots ('Data Compendium – Main indicators of the German Job Vacancy Survey of the IAB')

Further working tools as the standards for the citation of data and data documentation and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.

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