Recruitment figures for Europe for March showed continued year-on-year growth – albeit at a slightly slower pace than in February.
The newest Monster Employment Index Europe found that recruitment rose by eight per cent across the continent, compared to the figures for March 2011. The previous index, carried out in February, measured year-on-year growth of ten per cent.
Economic powerhouse, Germany, remained at the forefront of recruitment opportunities, with the number of vacancies being advertised on online recruitment portals rising by 23 per cent.
The UK and Sweden both managed encouraging showings, measuring growth of eight and two per cent respectively. Belgium and the Netherlands, however, both experienced major declines of 12 and 20 per cent respectively.
Monster Europe’s Alan Townsend said that telecommunications and IT opportunities both showed encouraging upward momentum.
“While overall online recruitment remains positive with the Index exhibiting both month-over-month and annual growth, this is combated by a broader deceleration across key markets and industries,” said Townsend.
“However, from an occupational standpoint, growth remains strong across the technical and associate level positions, which suggests a hiring of support workers to meet the more immediate business needs.”