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The latest monthly Employment Index (MEI) for Europe published by job board Monster Worldwide Inc shows a year-on-year growth of +14% in November 2011, matching October's growth rate.
Germany is the only country to exhibit strong annual growth of +30%, followed by improvement in the UK, which records +8% growth.
Other countries tracked by the Index, including Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden, have recorded decelerating trends since the summer with Belgium, Italy and Netherlands now exhibiting negative annual growth.
The public sector matches last month's rate of annual decline and remains the most negatively trending sector. Education and management and consulting also register annual declines on the year.
Alan Townsend, Vice President of Sales Readiness and Business Operations for Monster Europe, commented "the MEI exhibits sustained online recruitment activity this month, bolstered by continued strength in Germany. Recruitment patterns are adhering to the downward trends typically observed in the Index for the end-of-year months and there are also growing challenges across the European economy. Consequently, it is not surprising to see this level of decelerating growth across Europe."
Industry year-on-year trends: 20 of the 24 industry sectors monitored by the Index in November exhibited positive annual growth trends.
• Engineering (up +32%) continued to lead all industries for the third consecutive month, albeit at a slightly reduced rate of growth.
• Transport, post and logistics (up +30%) and Production, manufacturing maintenance and repair (up +26%) decelerated from levels in October, in-line with a more tempered pace of expansion in manufacturing-related economic activity.
• Telecommunication (up +30%) edged up in the industry rankings to claim third position by measure of annual growth, where sector demand was most prevalent across sales and support roles.
• Management and consulting (down -3%) and Education, training, library (down -2%) slipped into negative growth this month to join Public sector (down -9%). Education was previously positive for every month since August 2010.
• Arts, entertainment, sports, leisure (up +6%) reversed last month's trend and registered a degree of pick-up in recruitment activity in November. Similarly, Sales (up +8%) noted elevated activity heading into the final months of 2011.
Occupation year-on-year Trends: All nine occupational groups monitored by the Index in November continued to exhibit positive growth trends.
• Craft and related trades (up +35%) matched last month's rate of annual growth, reflecting steady positive conditions for this occupation with demand originating from production and construction.
• In contrast, Plant and machine operators and assemblers (up +3%) registered the most moderate growth, primarily due to reduced recruitment for additional factory floor workers in the production sector.
• Elementary (up +16%) and service and sales workers (up +15%) held on to their respective second and third place rankings by measure of annual growth in November.
The Monster Employment Index Europe is a monthly gauge of online job demand based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career web sites and online job listings across Europe. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.