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The number of jobs advertised on job boards and other websites was up by +21% in August 2011 when compared with August 2010, according to the latest monthly Employment Index for Europe published by job board Monster Worldwide.
Germany continues to drive the highest growth across the European Union (EU), while the Netherlands note a slight easing.
23 of the 24 industry sectors maintained annual growth
• Production, manufacturing maintenance and repair (+42%) was this month's star performer by measure of annual growth where ongoing escalation has been strongest for Germany, as well as throughout Eastern Europe.
• Transport post and logistics (+40%) slipped back to second position by measure of annual growth in August, however the current rate still reflects a high level of demand across this sector.
• Engineering (+40%) and Telecommunication (+40%) also reported continued strong annual growth and ranked top for the professional services segment in August.
• Public sector, defence, community (-5%) was the only industry to report decline in activity in August in a continued response to cutbacks in this sector.
All nine occupational groups maintained annual growth
• Craft and related trades workers (+48%) maintained a steady lead and matched its rate of annual growth in July, followed by plant and machine operators and assemblers (+24%), suggesting relative stability in underlying demand drivers, mirroring the overarching trends seen in the manufacturing and related sectors.
• Managers (+14%) continued to register increased annual growth in August with an increase of +2% on last month's rate, while professionals (+14%) grew at a slower than average pace.
• Elementary occupations (+23%) edged up among occupational groups, claiming third place among groups by measure of annual growth.
Alan Townsend, Vice President of Sales Readiness and Business Operations for Monster Europe, commented "strong double-digit growth trends in Germany, France and Sweden have driven the notable +21% increase in year-over-year growth for Europe."
"Employers, particularly in the public sector and banking/ finance, continue to remain cautious but in general are still hiring for critical positions across all occupational groups."
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