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Online job opportunities for HR staff increase by 12% since May 2011


Online job opportunities have increased by 3% since May 2011 with HR roles demonstrating “robust growth” according to the Monster Employment Index.

The index showed job online opportunities for HR professionals have increased by 12% since May last year.

Engineering charts the highest online recruitment growth year-over-year, at 20%. The Public Sector, HR and Hospitality and tourism also continue to demonstrate robust annual growth.

But arts, entertainment, sports, leisure (down 16%) sees the largest decline in recruitment activity year-over-year.

The Midlands continues to lead all regions with 15% growth year-over-year. Wales shows further decline for the fifth consecutive month. London (up 3%) reversed its negative trend and charted annual growth in online job opportunities, following last month's decline

Julian Acquari, MD of Monster UK & Ireland, said: "Despite the slowdown in the UK's economy and the problems in the Eurozone, it is encouraging to see an increase in online job opportunities since this time last year. This aligns with recent ONS unemployment figures, which show a reduction in joblessness.

"The increase in online recruitment is led by the engineering sector, which has seen a 20% rise over the last year, as well as significant growth in a range of occupations including HR, hospitality and tourism and construction. When we see opportunities spread across a range of industries in this way it's one sign of stability."


The Monster Employment Index Europe demonstrated year-over-year growth of six percent in May, matching the rate of annual growth recorded in April. Germany retained an annual growth of 19% for the second consecutive month, Netherlands continued to chart the greatest decline in online hiring activity compared to year-ago levels (down 21%).

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.