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Online Recruitment Activity in the UK Rises in December

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— Significant Growth in Online Opportunities for Marketing, PR and Media Occupations Helps Push Monster Employment Index UK Higher
— Online Job Availability in Northern Ireland Sees Marked Increase during Final Month of 2007

Online recruitment activity in the UK rose sharply in December, as the Monster Employment Index added five points, continuing a two-month upward growth trend. The Monster Employment Index UK is a monthly analysis of millions of online job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards across Europe, including

The Index increased to a level of 174 points last month, partly due to greater online job availability in the marketing, PR and media; and banking, finance, insurance sectors – the latter bouncing back from a significant dip in November. The Index also showed notably higher demand for elementary occupations; and technicians and associate professionals. Overall, the Index is up 45 points, or 35 percent, compared to December 2006.

"It is encouraging to see that online job opportunities expanded strongly in the fourth quarter of 2007 despite early signs of a slowing global economy," said Andrea Bertone, Regional Director, Monster Worldwide Europe. "The Index’s stepwise growth since October suggests that the majority of UK industries are still recruiting, although a tight labour market is also a key driver of online recruitment. The UK’s low unemployment rate indicates that competition is high for top talent and employers are looking online to source the best candidates."

About The Monster Employment Index UK

Providing a broad, comprehensive monthly analysis of online job demand, the Monster Employment Index UK is an extension of the Monster Employment Index Europe, which is compiled each month by researchers at Monster Worldwide Europe.

Launched in June 2005, the Monster Employment Index Europe provides monthly insight into recruitment trends across the European Union. The Index report is based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards across Europe, including Monster®. The Index is audited by Research America, Inc. and provides analyses of online job demand within occupational categories, industry sectors and regions.

Monthly Index reports for France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Europe are available at:

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