SOURCE: eQuest

eQuest

May 13, 2011 06:00 ET

eQuest Announces Employment Index Results for April, 2011

Growth Remains Steady in the US and UK

SAN RAMON, CA and LONDON--(Marketwire - May 13, 2011) - eQuest today announced its employment findings for April, 2011 as published in its Employment Index located online at:

http://www.equest.com/news/employment-index-us/

http://www.equest.com/news/employment-index-uk/

The index shows the United States on a continued growth path in demand for hiring as the index moved up to 100.06 in the US. This is a slower pace of posting growth than the prior months gain but still and upward trend.

Year over year the number of positions continue to increase the spectrum of industries. The biggest gainer in April was consulting, potentially as organizations evaluate growth needs or have human capital needs but procrastinate full time hiring. Production and manufacturing based industries continued to remain at the bottom growth index, likely due to the increased pressure on those markets by fuel prices.

The UK continues growth and has moved slightly ahead to 97.22. While growth has remained consistent across industries London made the greatest gains in posting and applicant traffic. Eden, East Devon and Ryedale again lead the list of regions that have the highest employee demand -- while Nottingham, Kingston upon Hull and Liverpool show the lowest regional demand.

The eQuest Employment Index will also report on the spending patterns of the Fortune 500 including job posting volumes based on activity over the prior month. The index derives its findings through algorithms based on the supply and demand of open positions posted to responding candidates. A target index of 100 reflects balance in the number of applicants vying for each open position posted. The data to create the index includes thousands of monthly job posting transactions. Reporting includes analysis by industry using the governments Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) in major metros and states and over 950 job classifications.

About eQuest

eQuest provides domestic and international job-posting delivery and job board management and consultation services. Hundreds of job boards are supported in the eQuest network reaching over 180 countries and territories worldwide. eQuest also provides complete candidate sourcing and tracking analysis for evaluating job board performance. eQuest is one of the most recognized and admired brands in the human resource industry. eQuest can be reached at www.equest.com.

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