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Monster’s latest employment index, published today, shows that some of Europe’s major labour markets were faced with a slowdown in online recruitment last month, particularly in France and the Netherlands.
“Across most European markets we are seeing a slowdown in recruitment activity, which is mirrored in the September Index for France. Considering the present instability of the Eurozone this is not surprising as many businesses are putting recruitment plans on hold,” said Gilles Cavallari, vice president of Monster France and Southern Europe.
“Despite this, there are key areas of growth in the legal, healthcare and public sectors, which are all seeing a rise in demand for professional-level workers.”
In France online recruitment dropped by -11% year-on-year while in the Netherlands this figure decreased by -16% in September, reaching a new low. Some growth could be seen in elementary positions including sales and services, agricultural and manual labour roles. The elections last month are expected to increase employer confidence by 2013.
In neighbouring Belgium, online recruitment was down by -2% with the education and accounting sectors showing the strongest growth, compared to a sharp decline in transport and logistics jobs. Overall, nearly half of all industries posted an increase in vacancies in the month.
In Italy, online hiring fell by -5% in the month although the country saw high levels of recruitment activity in the hospitality and tourism industry. Despite economic uncertainties impacting hiring intentions, blue collar jobs in construction showed good growth. Management, consulting and legal jobs were among the sectors showing the lowest growth rates.
In the UK, online hiring was up +1% in September with public sector, defence, and community jobs posting a strong online recruitment growth rate of 43%. Nearly half of the sectors posted an increase in online jobs while the lowest demand was seen in production/manufacturing and banking jobs.
In Germany, the hiring market was affected by economic uncertainty showing +3% growth. “It is clear that the unsteady nature of the wider economy is taking its toll on the German recruitment market where we see moderated rates of annual growth across all sectors,” said Bernd Kraft, Vice President for Central Europe of Monster.
“Nevertheless it is still encouraging to see over half of all industries demonstrating annual gains in the Index particularly across accounting, banking, arts and marketing.”
Sweden was amongst the countries noting a slowdown in recruitment, with activity levels falling -4%. IT and education saw the fastest rate of annual growth, while construction jobs declined sharply in September.