Monster Employment Index Europe Declines 4% Year-Over-Year

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- November 2012 Index Highlights:

  • The Monster Employment Index Europe reports a fourth consecutive month of annual decline, recording a four percent decrease in online hiring over the year in November
  • Belgium and the United Kingdom are the only two regions to report annual growth, both up one percent. All other regions report reduced online recruitment activity compared to year-ago levels
  • Germany continues to decelerate, recording an annual decline of five percent from a positive growth rate of two percent in October
  • Environment, architecture, urbanism records a seventh consecutive month as the top performing industry year-over-year while Transport, post, logistics reports the sharpest reductions for the second consecutive month
  • Managers (up five percent) sees the greatest increase in demand year-over-year of all occupations
  • Elementary occupations (down 16 percent) continues to report the weakest rates of annual growth for the sixth consecutive month

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.


"As the wider European economy continues to struggle, hiring remains cautious and even Germany is feeling the effect, charting an annual decline for the first time in 31 months," commented Alan Townsend, Senior Vice President of Sales Readiness and Business Operations for Monster Europe. "However, we continue to see pockets of resilience in recruitment across industries including healthcare and engineering and it's also encouraging to see the UK enter into its fourth month of positive growth."

Monster Employment Index Europe results for the past 18 months are as follows:

Jun
11

   

Jul
11

   

Aug
11

   

Sep
11

   

Oct
11

   

Nov
11

   

Dec
11

   

Jan
12

   

Feb
12

   

Mar
12

   

Apr
12

   

May
12

   

Jun
12

   

Jul
12

   

Aug
12

   

Sep
12

   

Oct
12

   

Nov
12

   

Y-O-Y
GROWTH

140     139     139     138     139     139     136     127     138     142     144     143     142     142    

138

 

  135     135     133     -4%

Industry Year-over-year Trends: Five of the 24 industry sectors monitored by the Index in November exhibited positive annual growth trends.

  • Environment, architecture and urbanism (up 23 percent) continued to report the greatest increase in online recruitment of all industries in November and registered a seventh consecutive month at the top of the Index
  • Education, training, library (up 15 percent) retained its second place position in the Index and reported its tenth successive month of growth, with the strongest demand seen across Belgium, Sweden and the UK
  • Year-over-year, Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair (down 11 percent), extended a downward trend that began in August
  • Arts, entertainment, sports, leisure (down eight percent) registered reduced demand compared to the same time last year, and recruitment levels were down across all the major markets in Europe
  • For the second consecutive month Transport, post and logistics (down 12 percent) recorded the most significant reductions in online recruitment activity compared to year-ago levels
Top Growth Industries     Lowest Growth Industries
                                       
Industry     Nov

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%

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Growth

Industry     Nov

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%

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Growth

Environment, architecture and urbanism     103     127     23% HR     94     87     -7%
Education, training and library     202     233     15% Arts, entertainment, sports, leisure     110     101     -8%
Management and consulting     108     112     4% Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair     267     237     -11%
Healthcare, social work     628     639     2% Telecommunication     114     101     -11%
Engineering     172     173     1% Transport, post and logistics     195     171     -12%

Occupation Year-over-year Trends: Two of the nine occupational groups monitored by the Index in November exhibited positive growth trends.

  • Following seven months of annual decline Managers (up five percent) noted revived demand in online recruitment activity compared to the same time last year and placed top of the Index
  • Online demand for Craft and related trades workers (down 11 percent) extended a downward trend in November for a third successive month and charted the steepest reduction since March 2010
  • Elementary occupations (down 16 percent) continued to exhibit the weakest demand of the occupational groups, reporting its lowest levels of hiring activity since December 2009; however, Italy, Sweden and the UK noted some annual gains
Top Growth Occupations     Lowest Growth Occupations
                                       
Occupation     Nov

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    Nov

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%

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Growth

Occupation     Nov

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%

Y-O-Y
Growth

Managers     108     113     5% Service and sales workers     304     284     -7%
Plant and machine operators, and assemblers     113     117     4% Craft and related trades workers     247     219     -11%
Professionals     136     135     -1% Elementary occupations     196     164     -16%

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, 13 November at 06:00 CET at: about-monster.com/employment/index/17.

Data for the month of December 2012 will be released on January 4th, 2012.

By Region

                                                       
Region    

Nov
11

   

Dec
11

   

Jan
12

   

Feb
12

   

Mar
12

   

Apr
12

   

May
12

   

Jun
12

   

Jul
12

   

Aug
12

   

Sep
12

   

Oct
12

   

Nov
12

   

Y-O-Y
GROWTH

Belgium     102     101     98     107     106     108     111     110     109     102     104     108     103     1%
France     136     132     123     130     134     139     130     129     133     121     117     126     120     -12%
Germany     175     177     173     178     185     190     188     182     188     184     180     174     167     -5%
Italy     146     141     128     137     143     148     139     145     146     136     126     135     139     -5%
Netherlands     86     86     81     81     76     78     77     78     79     77     74     73     73     -15%
Sweden     150     158     143     154     165     166     154     155     149     141     143     140     135     -10%
United Kingdom     140     141     129     145     148     140     140     141     136     140     137     141     141     1%

By Industry

                                                       
Industry    

Nov
11

   

Dec
11

   

Jan
12

   

Feb
12

   

Mar
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Apr
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May
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Jun
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Jul
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Aug
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Sep
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Y-O-Y
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