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Monster Employment Index Europe Declines 2% Year-Over-Year

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW):

September 2012 Index Highlights:

  • Year-over-year the Monster Employment Index Europe exhibits a slightly steeper rate of reduction in online recruitment in September compared to August, with demand down two percent
  • Germany continues to decelerate but remains in the positive growth territory of three percent in September and is closely followed by Belgium (up two percent) and the UK (up one percent)
  • All other regions monitored by the Index report decline with France and Netherlands recording double-digit reduction in annual growth
  • Environment, architecture and urbanism (up 22 percent) notes the greatest annual growth for the fifth consecutive month and significantly outperforms all other industries while Construction (down six percent) sees the greatest decline
  • Elementary occupations (down 15 percent) exhibits significant reductions for the fourth consecutive month and places bottom of the Index

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 ongoing crisis of the Eurozone continues to undermine business confidence, the impact to employer recruitment activity remains clear as the Index registers an overall decline in annual online recruitment for the second consecutive month,” commented Alan Townsend, Senior Vice President of Sales Readiness and Business Operations for Monster Europe. “Following the latest OECD economic assessment showing key Eurozone countries entering recession, we would expect online hiring to remain tempered. Despite this, it is encouraging to see critical categories for future economic growth like Engineering and IT growing year-over-year.”

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

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May
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Jun
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Jul
11

Aug
11

Sep
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Oct
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Nov
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Dec
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Jan
12

Feb
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Mar
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Apr
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May
12

Jun
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Jul
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Aug
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Sep
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Y-O-Y
GROWTH

136 135 140 139 139 138 139 139 136 127 138 142 144 143 142 142 138 135 -2%

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

  • Environment, architecture and urbanism (up 22 percent) significantly outperformed all other sectors and placed top of the Index by measure of annual growth for the fifth consecutive month; growth was particularly strong across Belgium and France
  • Education, training, library (up ten percent) continued to see growth in September, albeit at a slightly moderated rate compared to August’s 11 percent
  • Online recruitment opportunities across Agriculture, fishing, forestry (down five percent) continued to decline compared to year-ago levels and saw the sharpest reduction since November 2009
  • Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair (down five percent) demonstrated reduced annual demand in September for the second consecutive month; of the larger European markets, Sweden and the UK charted the steepest declines
  • Construction and extraction (down six percent) saw the greatest reductions in online recruitment of all industries year-over-year
Top Growth Industries Lowest Growth Industries
Industry

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%
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Industry

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Growth

Environment, architecture and urbanism 101 123 22% Administrative, organisation 110 105 -5%
Education, training and library 191 210 10% Transport, post and logistics 195 185 -5%
Real estate 118 126 7% Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair 271 257 -5%
IT 99 101 2% Agriculture, fishing, forestry 130 123 -5%
Engineering 168 171 2% Construction and extraction 142 133 -6%

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

  • Despite charting its mildest increase of the year, Technicians and associate professionals (up two percent) led all regions by measure of annual growth
  • Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (down nine percent) continued to register decline for the fourth consecutive month, exhibiting its lowest level since February 2009
  • Managers (down one percent) noted an uptick in hiring levels in September and was close to matching levels recorded a year ago, following previous months of significant decline
  • Opportunities across Elementary occupations (down 15 percent) saw significant reductions year-over-year and remained bottom of the Index for the second consecutive month
Top Growth Occupations Lowest Growth Occupations
Occupation

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%
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Growth

Occupation

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%
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Technicians and associate professionals 124 127 2% Service and sales workers 303 290 -4%
Plant and machine operators, and assemblers 122 123 1% Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers 203 185 -9%
Professionals 134 134 0% Elementary occupations 203 172 -15%

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, 9 October at 06:00 CET at: about-monster.com/employment/index/17.

Data for the month of October 2012 will be released on November 2nd, 2012.

By Region

Region

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Nov
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Dec
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Jan
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May
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GROWTH

Belgium 102 107 102 101 98 107 106 108 111 110 109 102 104 2%
France 132 139 136 132 123 130 134 139 130 129 133 121 117 -11%
Germany 175 171 175 177 173 178 185 190 188 182 188 184 180 3%
Italy 132 143 146 141 128 137 143 148 139 145 146 136 126 -5%
Netherlands 88 89 86 86 81 81 76 78 77 78 79 77 74 -16%
Sweden 149 148 150 158 143 154 165 166 154 155 149 141 143 -4%
United Kingdom 135 140 140 141 129 145 148 140 140 141 136 140 137 1%

By Industry

Industry

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Y-O-Y
GROWTH

Accounting, audit, taxes 97 99 99 98 93 100 101 102 103 100 101 100 98 1%
Administrative, organisation 110 111 111 111 104 112 113 112 111 111 110 109 105 -5%
Agriculture, fishing and forestry 130 124 123 117 104 121 133 146 133 134 137 132 123 -5%
Arts, entertainment, sports, leisure 107 108 110 109 102 110 114 113 112 113 111 108 104 -3%
Automotive 128 124 124 114 109 127 128 129 129 133 137 134 128 0%
Banking, finance, insurance 86 87 87 87 82 86 88 88 86 87 85 86 85 -1%
Construction and extraction 142 138 137 130 122 132 136 139 140 140 142 137 133 -6%
Education, training and library 191 205 202 218 191 214 221 229 242 254 242 230 210 10%
Engineering 168 170 172 172 158 169 173 172 169 171 172 174 171 2%
Environment, architecture and urbanism 101 102 103 107 100 111 113 110 118 121 118 120 123 22%
Healthcare, social work 625 594 628 613 573 635 653 661 644 643 647 629 623 0%
Hospitality and tourism 256 252 251 238 221 242 251 272 277 271 261 258 247 -4%
HR 94 94 94 94 91 96 97 97 97 94 93 92 90 -4%
IT 99 101 103 102 97 105 109 108 106 104 105 102 101 2%
Legal 114 116 118 112 111 117 120 120 123 118 118 119 113 -1%
Management and consulting 112 110 108 104 97 106 112 116 114 116 113 107 110 -2%
Marketing, PR and media 143 146 143 139 129 144 146 145 146 144 144 140 139 -3%
Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair 271 270 267 259 243 253 262 271 272 269 273 264 257 -5%
Public sector, defence, community 80 81 80 75 75 77 77 78 77 79 80 82 80 0%
Real estate 118 125 124 121 121 123 128 129 130 133 132 127 126 7%
Research and development 119 119 119 117 113 121 123 123 122 119 123 119 116 -3%
Sales 108 111 111 107 102 110 110 110 109 108 108 107 106 -2%
Telecommunications 109 114 114 109 102 114 118 114 115 115 115 114 110 1%
Transport, post and logistics 195 196 195 192 169 173 176 180 182 184 195 194 185 -5%

By Occupation

Occupation

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Feb
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Mar
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Apr
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May
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Jun
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GROWTH

Managers 111 113 108 112 101 114 116 115 111 112 112 109 110 -1%
Professionals 134 135 136 133 124 135 139 140 139 138 138 136 134 0%
Technicians and associate professionals 124 126 127 125 118 131 134 133 131 131 132 129 127 2%
Clerical support workers 143 145 144 144 132 147 149 145 146 147 148 147 142 -1%
Service and sales workers 303 303 304 288 265 298 307 317 314 310 306 299 290 -4%
Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers 203 194 191 184 160 185 206 219 201 203 205 197 185 -9%
Craft and related workers 246 245 247 238 222 231 236 241 243 240 247 244 237 -4%
Plant and machine operators, and assemblers 122 122 113 116 107 120 126 130 128 130 135 128 123 1%
Elementary occupations 203 195 196 182 175 180 180 190 189 188 192 179 172 -15%

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.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW - News), parent company of Monster, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at http://about-monster.com.

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