According to October’s Monster Employment Index (MEI), there has been a sharp increase in online contract opportunities across core contracting sectors. The report cited increased online contract opportunities for professional services contractors working in IT & telecoms, engineering, marketing, management and consulting. According to Monster, these have contributed to the 6% jump in construction and extraction, production, manufacturing, maintenance and repair opportunities, helping to lift the year-on-year total by 21%.
The regional picture is also positive for many contractors, with strongest growth in online job opportunities being seen in Wales, up 14%, and the Midlands, up 13%. London and the South East also showed strong growth. According to Monster UK & Ireland managing director Julian Acquari, the increase in online opportunities bodes well for the economy. In response to the findings, he stated, “The increase in employment opportunities is an encouraging trend. The majority of UK regions and industries reported elevated online recruitment activity in October, extending a trend of long-term improvement in the labour market.”