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Europe – Employment levels mixed across largest staffing markets

08 May 2012

The Monster employment index for April 2012, published today, showed mixed results for three of the largest staffing markets in Europe: the UK, France, and the Netherlands.

In the UK there has been a +1% rise in online job opportunities year-over-year while online hiring in the public sector was up +18%, as well as in IT (+12%) and Engineering (+13%). Industries showing the largest decline in recruitment activity include arts, entertainment, sports, and leisure. The Midlands continued to lead all regions by measure of annual growth while activities in London declined.

“The Midlands continues to exhibit the most growth in the UK, which is very positive news for people in the area,” said Julian Acquari, Managing Director of Monster UK & Ireland.

“On the other side of the coin, as the UK economy returns to recession it’s not surprising to see London experience a slight decline in online job opportunities. However it is not all doom and gloom for those living in the Capital – or indeed the rest of the UK. There is growth across a wide range of sectors including IT, engineering and hospitality.”

In France, the downward trend in online recruitment in April continued for the fifth consecutive month, seeing a -5% decline when compared to the previous year. Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair registered the strongest growth of all industries at 18%. But management and consulting recruitment levels shrank by -22%. Elementary workers is the top performing occupation in April with 16% growth while the South West registered the strongest annual increase of all regions.

“We are seeing strong pockets of growth across a variety of industries, led by production and manufacturing. Research, real estate and healthcare are all particularly strong,” said Bruno Bremond, vice president of Monster France and Southern Europe.

“Although recruitment has been stagnant for some time, according to the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, the business climate is slowly improving, mirrored by notable annual growth across a range of sectors in the Index.”

In the Netherlands, the employment Index was down by -20% in April, showing the same rate of annual decline as in March. Agriculture, fishing and forestry was the only industry to exhibit annual growth in online hiring activity at +5% while online job demand declined by -27% across Administrative, organisation; and Research and development industries.

Among occupational groups in the Netherlands, clerical support workers and managers continue registered further reductions in demand year-over-year, closely followed by significant reductions across Professional groups. Notably, all regions registered annual reductions in online recruitment.

“The uncertainty of the broader economy in the Netherlands continues to impact recruitment activity, where April’s Index maintains the same rate of annual decline as March,” said Warren Hammond, managing director of Monsterboard.nl.

The Monster Employment Index Europe is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity based on a review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career web sites and online job listings across Europe.

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