In September 2007 online recruitment dropped in the UK. The job-search website slowdown follows a small increase in hiring demand during August, according to the Monster Employment Index.

The Monster Employment Index UK is a monthly analysis of millions of online job opportunities culled from different websites across Europe, including

The Index dropped to reach a level of 162 points, partly due to a decline in opportunities for the engineering sector and a sizeable drop in demand for professionals, technicians and associate professionals. Overall, the Index is up by 37 points, or 30 percent, compared to last September.

"The Monster Employment Index has fluctuated so far in 2007 but although online job demand fell in the UK in September, overall the Index has shown strong growth in the last year," said Andrea Bertone, Regional Director, Monster Worldwide Europe.

"It is not uncommon for online recruitment to fall slightly in September – the same trend was seen in 2006."