New York, May 4, 2012
April 2012 Index Highlights:
- The Monster Employment Index Europe demonstrates year-over-year growth of six percent in April, compared to the eight percent registered in March
- Germany continues to remain the only country to exhibit strong annual growth, at 19 percent, despite further deceleration compared to previous months; Netherlands charts the greatest annual reduction (down 20 percent) for the fourth consecutive month
- Agriculture, fishing, forestry leads all industries in annual growth. Public sector, defence, community (down seven percent) continues to track the greatest reduction in online recruitment year-over-year
- Within the professional services segment, Environment, architecture, urbanism, IT and Engineering remain among the stronger trending industries despite muted growth rates compared to trends typically seen at this time of the year
The Monster Employment Index Europe is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity 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.
“Although online recruitment remains positive at six percent in April’s Index, the uncertainty of the broader climate continues to impact online recruitment across the EU, where we see general deceleration of growth in all regions,” commented Alan Townsend, Vice President of Sales Readiness and Business Operations for Monster Europe. “However, there are indicators of job creation still occurring; this is especially true in sectors like IT and manufacturing, generating opportunities for a spectrum of workers.”
Monster Employment Index Europe results for the past 18 months are as follows:
|Nov 10||Dec 10||Jan 11||Feb 11||Mar 11||Apr 11||May 11||Jun 11||Jul 11||Aug 11||Sep 11||Oct 11||Nov 11||Dec 11||Jan 12||Feb 12||Mar 12||Apr12||Y-O-Y GROWTH|
Industry Year-over-year Trends: 18 of the 24 industry sectors monitored by the Index in April exhibited positive annual growth trends.
- Agriculture, fishing, forestry (up 11 percent) led all industries by measure of annual growth in April, replacing Telecommunication (up two percent) which saw considerable deceleration of growth compared to last month’s lead of 19 percent
- Environment, architecture and urbanism (up eight percent) placed third in this month’s Index despite registering one of the largest reductions in annual growth between March and April; it was closely followed by IT (down seven percent). Combined, these are the best trending sectors for the Professionals occupation
- Other professional service sectors such as Accounting, audit, taxes registered flat growth year-over-year while Marketing, PR and media (down three percent) and Banking, finance, insurance (down three percent) fell into states of decline in April
- Engineering (up six percent) noted a significant deceleration in annual growth compared to the 14 percent growth in March and moved out of the top five growth industries measured by the Index, while Hospitality and tourism (up six percent) was among the few industries to register improved rates of annual growth in April
- Public sector, defence, community (down seven percent) continued to register the greatest reduction in online recruitment compared to a year ago
Top Growth Industries
|Agriculture, fishing, forestry||131||146||11%|
|Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair||251||271||8%|
|Environment, architecture and urbanism||102||110||8%|
|Education, training and library||215||229||7%|
Lowest Growth Industries
|Marketing, PR and media||149||145||-3%|
|Banking, finance, insurance||91||88||-3%|
|Public sector, defence, community||84||78||-7%|
- Craft and related trades (up 10 percent) registered a 12-month lead in the Index despite seeing further deceleration of growth, mirroring trends observed across the Production and construction sectors – the occupation’s primary employer
- Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (up 10 percent) placed second in April’s Index by measure of annual growth while Elementary occupations (up two percent) also noted increased growth year-over-year
- Managers (down two percent) was the only occupational group to note a decline in annual growth and placed bottom of the Index
Top Growth Occupations
|Craft and related trades workers||220||241||10%|
|Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers||200||219||10%|
|Technicians and associate professionals||123||133||8%|
Lowest Growth Occupations
|Occupation||Apr11||Apr 12||%Y-O-Y Growth|
|Clerical support workers||142||145||2%|
The full monthly Monster Employment Index reports for Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom will be made available on Tuesday, 8 May at 06:00 CET at: about-monster.com/employment/index/17.
Data for the month of May 2012 will be released on June 1st, 2012.
|Region||Apr 11||May 11||Jun 11||Jul 11||Aug 11||Sep 11||Oct 11||Nov 11||Dec 11||Jan 12||Feb 12||Mar 12||Apr 12||Y-O-Y GROWTH|
|Industry||Apr 11||May 11||Jun 11||Jul 11||Aug 11||Sep 11||Oct 11||Nov 11||Dec 11||Jan 12||Feb 12||Mar 12||Apr 12||Y-O-Y GROWTH|
|Accounting, audit, taxes||102||101||102||101||98||97||99||99||98||93||100||101||102||0%|
|Agriculture, fishing and forestry||131||130||140||134||133||130||124||123||117||104||121||133||146||11%|
|Arts, entertainment, sports, leisure||112||113||119||116||113||107||108||110||109||102||110||114||113||1%|
|Banking, finance, insurance||91||88||86||89||88||86||87||87||87||82||86||88||88||-3%|
|Construction and extraction||134||135||141||140||144||142||138||137||130||122||132||136||139||4%|
|Education, training and library||215||218||233||218||208||191||205||202||218||191||214||221||229||7%|
|Environment, architecture and urbanism||102||96||103||102||102||101||102||103||107||100||111||113||110||8%|
|Healthcare, social work||628||623||640||633||624||625||594||628||613||573||635||653||661||5%|
|Hospitality and tourism||257||257||256||244||247||256||252||251||238||221||242||251||272||6%|
|Management and consulting||115||111||115||114||114||112||110||108||104||97||106||112||116||1%|
|Marketing, PR and media||149||143||149||147||148||143||146||143||139||129||144||146||145||-3%|
|Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair||251||248||259||264||269||271||270||267||259||243||253||262||271||8%|
|Public sector, defence, community||84||82||83||81||81||80||81||80||75||75||77||77||78||-7%|
|Research and development||122||121||123||121||120||119||119||119||117||113||121||123||123||1%|
|Transport, post and logistics||176||182||190||195||193||195||196||195||192||169||173||176||180||2%|
|Occupation||Apr 11||May 11||Jun 11||Jul 11||Aug 11||Sep 11||Oct 11||Nov 11||Dec 11||Jan 12||Feb 12||Mar 12||Apr 12||Y-O-Y GROWTH|
|Technicians and associate professionals||123||126||127||124||125||124||126||127||125||118||131||134||133||8%|
|Clerical support workers||142||143||146||144||147||143||145||144||144||132||147||149||145||2%|
|Service and sales workers||301||298||311||300||297||303||303||304||288||265||298||307||317||5%|
|Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers||200||196||220||208||205||203||194||191||184||160||185||206||219||10%|
|Craft and related workers||220||221||230||236||242||246||245||247||238||222||231||236||241||10%|
|Plant and machine operators, and assemblers||124||122||129||125||124||122||122||113||116||107||120||126||130||5%|
About The Monster Employment Index Europe
The Monster Employment Index Europe provides monthly insight into online job posting activity 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 national online job recruitment activity is within a margin of error of +/- 1.05%.
The Index monitors online job opportunities across all European Union member countries.
The monthly reports for Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Europe are available at: http://about-monster.com/employment/index/17.
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