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The UK Monster Employment Index for January 2010 published by job board specialist Monster Worldwide Inc, shows that online recruitment fell by nine points (-8%) in January as the online recruitment activity recorded a seasonal slowdown.
The arts, entertainment, sports and leisure led all sectors in monthly growth, with the administrative and organisation sector also reporting a positive uptrend. Hospitality and tourism registered the largest decline, falling 10 points (-7%).
Wales, Scotland and London saw the best improvement on a year-on-year basis, with the south east seeing the greatest decline.
The nine point (8%) January decline in the Monster Employment Index is widely attributed to seasonal factors that influence hiring and related online recruitment activity at the start of each year.
Julian Acquari, Managing Director at Monster UK and Ireland, commented "despite a seasonal fall during January, the long term annual growth rate of the Index continues to improve."
"There was encouraging growth for business support functions such as administration, organisation and HR, which point to more confidence in taking on workers to plan for growth. Whilst business conditions are likely to remain challenging for some time, it is encouraging to see some stabilisation in long-term hiring trends."
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