With the MEI continuing to exhibit strong demand for engineering, there is a clear opportunity for workers within this sector, as well as across transport and production where these industries continue to support positive annual growth in recruitment, commented Alan Townsend, Vice President of Sales Readiness and Business Operations for Monster Europe. However, the muted growth of many European economies is clearly affecting employers hiring decisions with generally eased growth across industries that usually experience pick-up following the quieter summer months.
- Engineering (up 33 percent) continued to lead all industries for the second consecutive month
- Transport, post and logistics (up 31 percent) surpassed Production, manufacturing, maintenance and repair (up 30 percent) this month, ranking second and third respectively by measure of annual growth
- Healthcare, social work (down one percent) fell into negative growth of one percent on the year, the first time this sector has registered a decline in the history of the Index. Annual growth reductions were most pronounced across the larger countries such as Germany and France
- Environment, architecture, urbanism (up seven percent) was the only sector to register noticeable growth gains in the October Index as sector employers stepped up their online recruitment activity. Occupationally, opportunities were most prevalent across the Professionals group
- Public sector, defence, community (down nine percent) noted continued reduction in annual growth rate in October
Occupation Year-over-year Trends: All nine occupational groups monitored by the Index in October continued to exhibit positive growth trends.
- While Craft and related trades (up 35 percent) continued to lead all occupations by measure of annual growth this was at notably lower growth rates compared to those observed in previous months, mirroring trends seen across the production and construction sectors
- Elementary (up 18 percent) noted improved growth in October and moved from third to second place position by measure of annual growth, while Service and Sales (up 17 percent) ranked third
- Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (up eight percent) noted significant decline in annual growth in October compared to the 28 percent growth rate observed in September and fell to the bottom of the Index
- Managers (up eight percent) continued to record the lowest annual growth of all occupational groups and was closely followed by Technicians and associate professionals (up nine percent)