According to February’s Monster Employment Index UK (MEI) online recruitment in the UK has reached a two-year high, and demand across all the major contracting disciplines has also increased. Commenting on these results Monster UK & Ireland spokesperson Isabelle Ratinaud said, “It is a significant milestone to see recruitment at its highest level since December 2008 and trends indicate a positive outlook for most UK industries. Many sectors that were said to be struggling, such as construction, have shown a strong recovery this month, while others, particularly those relating to manufacturing, have performed well.”
Online demand for IT workers in February increased from 103 to 113 points, an uplift of 9.7% month on month, with year-on-year demand 23% higher compared to February 2010. This puts IT in third place in the annual demand league, behind transport and research and development. Demand for engineers rose by 15% from January to February. Construction saw a surprise surge in online recruitment, rising from 74 points to 87 points, or 17.5%. And according to the MEI, this is the highest recruitment level since the end of 2008.