The economic situation in the business-related services sector has remained at a constant high level in the third quarter of 1998. Merely the expectations concerning the earnings situation has improved once again as compared to the same quarter a year ago. All other business factors have remained unchanged, both compared to the same quarter one year ago, as well as to the previous quarter. Hence, for the second quarter in succession, there has been no improvement in the economic situation. The slight stagnation in the business-related services sector has thus far had no impact on the employment figures of this sector. In particular highly-qualified workers have good prospects of getting a job. Low-skilled workers and graduates with vocational training on the other hand have more reasons to fear for their jobs. It also becomes clear that process innovations – i.e. the use of new and substantially improved technologies – exert a negative influence on the demand for low-skilled staff. These are the findings of a representative survey carried out by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, in collaboration with the "Verband der Vereine Creditreform" in Neuss, in September 1998. The business-related services sector encompasses tax advisors and certified public auditors, business consultants, architects, technical consultants and planners, vehicle renting, machine renting, forwarders and logistic firms, software providers, advertising agencies and waste management firms.