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Monster Employment Index: Belgien

Monster Employment Index: Belgien

September 2009 Index Highlights:

  • The Monster Employment Index Belgium rose two points in September following a decline earlier in 2009.
  • Financial sector offerings increased the most in September, and increased for the third consecutive month.
  • Online worker demand increased for the fourth consecutive month in Brussels Capital, showing the most significant improvement among all regions.

Summary Overview

September saw demand for workers increase slightly, suggesting signs of stabilisation in the Belgium recruitment industry. The rise was largely due to an increase in financial sector opportunities, which are recovering from the drop in hiring as a result of the recession. From an annual perspective, the Belgian unemployment rate remained largely unchanged since March. Compared to the EU as a whole, where offerings fell 37 percent year-on-year, offerings in Belgium were down 10 points (nine percent) compared to year-earlier figures, the best of all European regions.

The European Index dipped to its lowest level in four and a half years in September, as offerings fell three points (three percent). Sharply reduced hiring was noted in the public sector, with previously strong areas such as education and healthcare now showing decreasing trends. Whilst online job opportunities continue to decline on a monthly basis, they are falling at a slower rate than seen earlier this year.

About The Monster Employment Index Europe

The Monster Employment Index Europe provides monthly insight into online recruitment trends 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 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.

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