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January saw a slowdown in online recruitment although the longterm trend is an increase. That’s according to Monster’s Employment Index

Monster’s Employment Index fell by nine points (eight percent) in January as the online recruitment activity recorded a seasonal slowdown. Arts, entertainment, sports and leisure led all sectors in monthly growth, with administrative, organisation also reporting a positive uptrend. Hospitality and tourism registered the largest decline, falling 10 points (seven percent). Wales, Scotland and London saw the best improvement on a year-on-year basis, with the south east seeing the greatest declin

The nine point (eight percent) January decline in the Monster Employment Index is widely attributed to seasonal factors that inform hiring and related online recruitment activity at the start of each year. Comparatively, the overall EU Index fell by seven points (seven percent) in January.

The UK Index matched its January 2009 level, exiting from a state of annual decline that extends back to November 2008. In contrast, the overall EU Index was down by 12 percent year-on-year. The long-term growth in administrative and organisation sector and HR signalled an upswing in demand trends for office support services, lending further evidence that business activity is reviving.

The Monster Employment Index Europe provides monthly insight into online recruitment trends across the European Union. Launched in June 2005 with data from December 2004, the Index is based on a review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards, including Monster. The Monster Employment Index’s underlying data is validated for accuracy by Research America, Inc. – an independent, third-party auditing firm – to ensure that measured online job recruitment activity is within a margin of error of +/- 1.05 percent.

26 February 2010 

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