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German Job Vacancy Survey of the IAB – Version 0015 v1

DOI: 10.5164/


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 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.


Data Access

The IAB Job Vacancy Survey 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') FDZ-Methodenreport 03/2013 (only in German)
  • Additional variables from the Establishment-History-Panel (BHP):
    Selected establishment characteristics from the Establishment History Panel (BHP) as well as BHP extension files can be merged to the IAB Establishment Panel after conformation of the request form. The variables of the BHP are listed in the document list of BHP variables. Information on the merging can be found here.

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.


Researchers working with the IAB Job Vacancy Survey are obligated to acknowledge the data base and its documentation within their publications, including the DOI, by using the following reference:


This study uses the German Job Vacancy Survey of the IAB, version 2000-2015, DOI: 10.5164/ Data access was provided via on-site use at the Research Data Centre (FDZ) of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and subsequently remote data access.

Data documentation:
  • Kubis, Alexander; Moczall, Andreas; Rebien, Martina (2018): IAB-Stellenerhebung: Betriebsbefragung zu Stellenangebot und Besetzungsprozessen, Wellen 2000 bis 2015 und Folgequartale von 2006 bis 2016. FDZ-Datenreport, 05/2018 (de), Nürnberg. DOI: 10.5164/
  • Kubis, Alexander; Moczall, Andreas; Rebien, Martina (2018): The IAB Job Vacancy Survey. Establishment survey on labour demand and recruitment processes Waves 2000 to 2015 and subsequent quarters since 2006. FDZ-Datenreport, 05/2018 (en), Nuremberg. DOI: 10.5164/IAB.FDZD.1805.en.v1

According to the FDZ Data Usage Agreement, any type of publication resulting from work with FDZ data must be reported to the FDZ by e-mail to at the latest one month after publication. The notification must include an electronic version of the printed version or, after publication, a reprint or a copy of the publication free of charge.

Data Versions

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