By Andy Sambidge
Monster Employment Index also says banking sector shows largest growth in job activity
Online job opportunities increased in January in 10 or 12 industry sectors in the Middle East compared to the same month in 2011, according to the Monster Employment Index.
Banking and finance (up 52 percent) was the fastest moving sector, followed by education (up 45 percent) and healthcare (up 27 percent).
However, the oil and gas sector recorded the steepest annual decline, Monster added.
The Monster Employment Index, which is a monthly gauge of online job demand in the Middle East, also showed that Kuwait led all countries in long-term online job opportunities.
Online opportunities exceeded January 2011 levels in five of the seven countries monitored by the Monster index.
Kuwait (up 39 percent) was followed by Saudi Arabia (up 36 percent) and the UAE (up 24 percent) while Oman (down 10 percent) recorded the most notable drop in online recruitment activity between January 2011 and January 2012.
Sanjay Modi, managing director, Monster.com (India/Middle East/South East Asia), said: "The Monster Employment Index Middle East shows regional employers are extending a long-term escalation in online recruitment activity.
"Sectors like BFSI, education, healthcare continue to drive growth in major economies like Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait with each of them recording double-digit annual growth in the Index."For all the latest industry news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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