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.”
This report shares positive news from web recruitment company RecruitmentGenius.com. Geoff Newman, their chief executive is very optimistic about 2012.
Our flat fee recruitment sector continues to grow based on the benefits it offers and also on the back of rising employer confidence. March was our best month with the highest number of new vacancies received and a lot of employers are confident they will employ more staff in the coming year. I'm sure there is light at the end of the tunnel as figures by the Recruitment Employment Confederation recently showed.”