Monster Employment Index Canada Rises Four Points in Q2 but MEI Posts Year-Over-Year Decline



    
    2008 Second Quarter Highlights:

    - Index of online job postings increases to 160 in quarter but is down by
      4% from a year ago
    - Six of 10 job categories register gains, led by manufacturing, trades,
      transportation
    - Occupations in health sector, sales and services post declines
    - Seven provinces register higher online recruitment activity, including
      Quebec, PEI
    - Eight of 13 Canadian cities tracked show increased online job
      availability in Q2
    

    MONTREAL, July 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Monster Employment Index Canada
increased by four points in the second quarter of 2008, hitting 160 points
overall amid increased online recruitment activity. Despite the Q2 increase,
however, the Index is down by five points or 4 percent overall compared to the
Q2 period one year earlier, marking a year-over-year decline for Monster
Canada's online recruitment index.
    The Monster Employment Index Canada 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, including Monster.ca(R).
    During the second quarter of 2008, six of 10 occupational categories
tracked by the Index showed greater online job demand compared to the previous
quarter of 2008, with the remaining four categories registering weaker online
recruitment. Index results for the latest quarter, as well as previous
quarters, are as follows:

    
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        Q2      Q1      Q4      Q3      Q2      Q1      Q4      Q3      Q2
      2008    2008    2007    2007    2007    2007    2006    2006    2006
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       160     156     151     165     165     149     134     126     123
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    "The Monster Employment Index Canada increased again during the second
quarter of 2008 and the latest results continue an upward hiring trend for the
first half of 2008," said Peter Gilfillan, Vice President of Sales and General
Manager of Monster Canada. "The Q2 results are down from one year ago,
however, indicating that employers may be taking a more cautious approach to
hiring for the time being."

    Online Demand Surges in Manufacturing, Trades & Transport, Management
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    Occupations
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    Online recruitment activity in manufacturing jobs jumped 11 points to
146 during Q2. The category is now up 20 points or 16 percent compared to the
second quarter of 2007.
    Online opportunities in trades and transportation also surged, rising
10 points to 130. Despite the rise, the sector is down by seven points
compared to one year earlier. Online job availability in management
occupations rose by six points to a record high of 152 amid gains in
accounting, executive and human resources jobs. Year-over-year, that category
is up by 27 points overall.
    Other industry categories registering increased online job availability
during the quarter include: art, culture, recreation and sport, rising six
points to 129 in Q2, but down 24 points year-over-year; social science,
education, government and religion, rising four points to 101 in Q2 but down
19 points from a year earlier; business, finance and administration jobs,
rising one point to 114 in the quarter but down a point from a year earlier.
    In contrast, recruitment among health sector occupations fell 19 points
to 130 but remained about one point higher than a year ago. Online recruitment
in occupations unique to primary industry fell by six points to 193 but was up
16 points year-over-year. Sales and services jobs saw online recruitment
decline by five points to 124 in the quarter and that sector is down by about
five points from a year earlier. Natural and applied sciences, including IT
and computer-related occupations, dropped by five points to 157 in the second
quarter, but remains 23 points higher year-over-year.

    Online Job Availability Rises in Seven Provinces
    ------------------------------------------------

    During the second quarter of 2008, online job availability increased in
seven Canadian provinces and declined in three provinces plus the territories
tracked by the MEI.
    In Central Canada, online recruitment activity in Ontario declined by
four points to 148 amid weaker activity in business, finance and
administration jobs, health occupations and sales and services. Online
recruitment in Quebec, meanwhile, rose 22 points to a record high 158 amid
stronger demand in trades and transportation, management, sales and services,
and business and finance occupations.
    In the West, British Columbia saw online recruitment fall by one point to
136 amid weaker activity in the health sector as well as in sales and services
and management jobs. Online recruitment increased in Alberta by one point to
148, in Manitoba by one point to 141 and in Saskatchewan by six points to 133,
all amid increased activity in trades and transportation, business and
finance, and management jobs.
    In Eastern Canada, PEI saw online recruitment soar by 39 points to 136,
Nova Scotia was up by 32 to 144 and Newfoundland/Labrador rose 14 points to
177. Online opportunities in New Brunswick declined by about one point to 113.

    Online Job Availability Rises in Eight of 13 Major Cities
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    Online recruitment activity rose in eight of the 13 major cities
monitored by the Index, with Halifax, Quebec City and Montreal leading the
way.
    Online recruitment in Halifax soared by 53 points in Q2 and is up
year-over-year by 9 percent amid strong activity in trades and transportation,
sales and services, and management jobs.
    In Quebec, where Q2 recruitment was strong among trades and
transportation, sales and services, management, and business and finance jobs,
Montreal saw a 17-point increase in the period and is now up 15 percent
year-over-year. Quebec City saw online recruitment rise 21 points during Q2
and is up 9 percent year-over-year.
    Online opportunities in Toronto fell by 12 points, and is down 13 percent
year-over-year, amid weaker demand in management, business, sales and services
and healthcare occupations. Ottawa-Gatineau lost four points, and is down
3 percent year-over-year, amid lower demand for workers in natural and applied
sciences, including IT jobs, business, and sales and services. Kitchener fell
six points and is down 7 percent year-over-year. Hamilton saw activity
increase by three points, and is up year-over-year by 7 percent.
    In the West, Vancouver was down by four points and is down by 11 percent
year-over-year. Edmonton edged lower by one point and is now down by 6 percent
year-over-year. Calgary added one point to remain unchanged from one year
earlier, and Winnipeg also rose by one point, but recruitment is down by
12 percent from one year earlier.
    Regina increased by six points during the quarter and is ahead by
3 percent year-over-year, while Saskatoon rose by three points and is up by
3 percent from one year earlier.

    About the Monster Employment Index Canada
    -----------------------------------------

    The Monster Employment Index Canada is a broad and comprehensive
quarterly analysis of Canadian online job demand conducted by Monster
Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:   MNST), parent company of the leading global online
careers and recruitment resource Monster(R). As the first national index
measuring real-time online job demand, the Monster Employment Index Canada is
based on millions of online job postings and data culled from Monster Canada
(www.monster.ca), as well as a number of other recruitment Web sites
considered representative of employer activity nationwide.
    With data collected since April, 2005, the Index uses a consistent
methodology to track overall online job demand in Canada, providing Canadian
labour-market watchers with a new forward-looking indicator of employer demand
for employees. All of the data and findings in the Monster Employment Index
Canada are validated for accuracy through third party auditing conducted by
U.S.-based Research America, Inc. Index reports can be accessed and subscribed
to free-of-charge online at http://corporate.monster.com/Press_Room/MEI.html.
    The next report of the Monster Employment Index Canada will be released
in October, 2008. To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index Canada
report for the second quarter of 2008, including all charts and tables, or
subscribe and have future reports emailed to you on a quarterly basis please
visit http://corporate.monster.com/Press_Room/MEI.html.

    About Monster Canada
    --------------------

    Monster Canada (www.Monster.ca) is Canada's leading online career
resources portal - a bilingual, user-friendly site that is improving the
employment and recruitment experience in today's competitive job market.
Headquartered in Montreal, Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading
global careers and recruitment resource online. With a local presence in key
markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by
connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing
personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites
and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers.
Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ 100. To
learn more about Monster's industry-leading employer products and services,
please visit http://solutions.monster.ca.

    About Monster Worldwide
    -----------------------

    Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:   MNST), parent company of Monster(R), the
premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to
inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in
North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting
employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized
career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services,
Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster
Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ 100. To learn more
about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com.

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For further information: Robert Waghorn, Communications Manager, Monster
Canada, (514) 350-0702, robert.waghorn@monster.ca; Louise Heggie, Porter
Novelli Canada, (416) 422-7209, louise.heggie@porternovelli.com

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