Online Recruitment Activity in Netherlands Slows Further, Reports Monster Employment Index

May 2009 Index Highlights:
• • • The Monster Employment Index Netherlands dipped for a thirteenth consecutive month in May as online advertised vacancies fell by eight percent. All industry sectors experienced weaker online job demand, with opportunities declining most in the manufacturing sector. Only agriculture maintained positive annual growth Zeeland was the sole Dutch region to exhibit stable demand on the month

Summary Overview The Monster Employment Index Netherlands dropped eight points, or eight percent, in May as Dutch online job availability fell to its lowest level since February 2005. Hiring slowed most rapidly in marketing, PR and media, as demand for creative professionals was impacted negatively by reduced corporate spending. On an annual basis, the Index fell 53 percent, a record pace for the region and higher than Europe overall. The Monster Employment Index Europe is a monthly analysis of millions of online job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards across the European Union, including Monsterboard.nl.
May 09 96 Apr 09 104 Mar 09 113 Feb 09 121 Jan 09 123 Dec 08 147 Nov 08 156 Oct 08 164 Sep 08 170 Aug 08 173 Jul 08 194 Jun 08 203 May 08 206

“The Netherlands continues to be severely affected by the ongoing economic crisis, with GDP and private consumption contracting at a sharp rate during the first quarter of the year. These conditions have reduced businesses’ confidence and affected hiring across the region,” commented Diana Krieger, general manager Benelux, Monster Worldwide Europe. “Only the agricultural sector is now exhibiting higher online job availability than a year ago.”

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2 of 6 Production, manufacturing, maintenance and repair opportunities fall in May, while all other sectors decline Online worker demand in the production, manufacturing, maintenance and repair sector dipped 24 points, or 14 percent, the sharpest monthly decline of all industry sectors. The decline reflects an overall fall in industrial activity in the Netherlands that continues to weigh on hiring. Annually, however, the sector has fared slightly better than the Netherlands as a whole, with opportunities down 38 percent from a year ago. Healthcare and social work declined 18 points, or seven percent in May. The fall was somewhat greater than usually seen during this time of year, leaving the category 19 percent below its year-ago reading. Online job availability declined least for workers in the agriculture, fishery and forestry sector, which dipped just two points. Nevertheless, the fall indicates a slowdown in typical seasonal hiring activity. Still, the sector remained one percent up year-on-year, making it the only sector to show annual growth. Year-on-year, demand has eased the most for office and support workers. Whilst monthly declines were small, the HR and administrative & organisation sectors fell 77 percent (74 percent) since last year. Online recruitment activity for craft and related workers slows in May; elementary occupations rise Craft and related workers fell sharpest among occupational groups in May, declining 28 points, or 13 percent. Compared to year-earlier figures demand for these workers slumped 57 percent. Employer demand for these workers is now at its lowest level since March 2007. Meanwhile, online recruitment activity for elementary occupations jumped seven points, or three percent, halting the ongoing declining trend since July 2008. Plant and machine operators also saw an uptick of three points, or four percent. Year-on-year however, demand was down 99 points, or 58 percent. Online worker demand in Zeeland remains steady while all other regions weaken Online job demand fell in all regions across the Netherlands except Zeeland where recruitment activity was stable, as demand held steady in IT; and production, manufacturing, maintenance and repair. The region also saw the lowest annual rate of decline among Dutch regions, with opportunities falling 10 percent. In contrast, Noord-Holland reported the sharpest annual decline, with offerings falling 59 percent, as a result of fewer opportunities in banking and finance; accounting; sales and IT.

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3 of 6 Best performing sectors Industry sectors showing the greatest rate of increase in online job availability included: Month-on-month

Industry
Agriculture, fishing, forestry Banking, finance, insurance Marketing, PR and media Telecommunication Construction and extraction

May 09 143 48 46 38 75

Apr 09 145 49 47 39 77

% -1% -2% -2% -3% -3%

Year-on-year

Industry
Agriculture, fishing, forestry Healthcare, social work Legal Public sector, defence, community Construction and extraction

May 09 143 242 148 159 75

May 08 141 300 198 228 117

% 1% -19% -25% -30% -36%

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4 of 6 Monster Employment Index Netherlands findings across industry sectors for the past 13 months are as follows:

Industry
Accounting, audit, taxes Administrative, organisation Agriculture, fishing and forestry Banking, finance, insurance Construction and extraction Education, training and library Engineering Healthcare, social work Hospitality and tourism HR IT Legal Management and consulting Marketing, PR and media Production, manufacturing, maintenance, repair Public sector, defence, community Research and development Sales Telecommunications Transport, post and logistics

May 09 100 82 143 48 75 161 99 242 171 49 88 148 90 46 152 159 69 96 38 130

Apr 09 108 89 145 49 77 172 102 260 176 51 99 165 101 47 176 176 76 103 39 141

Mar 09 115 107 137 58 80 171 102 263 169 60 110 183 112 53 189 184 83 115 32 159

Feb 09 117 132 127 74 85 172 108 256 156 78 111 184 119 65 197 178 72 124 39 171

Jan 09 130 126 119 58 100 173 107 239 166 93 113 169 130 75 194 169 63 124 50 177

Dec 08 140 169 121 72 120 193 123 252 180 110 129 183 151 94 216 204 80 145 74 221

Nov 08 140 188 123 77 119 196 129 244 203 137 135 196 162 102 221 213 102 154 90 251

Oct 08 144 192 129 98 119 215 129 238 235 157 136 210 165 105 231 224 107 163 96 276

Sep 08 154 218 132 94 111 223 132 260 251 182 138 202 167 117 228 219 121 172 88 290

Aug 08 155 230 133 100 105 210 136 249 265 179 139 206 169 121 231 208 116 178 93 303

Jul 08 164 280 137 129 112 242 146 271 265 192 144 207 190 130 245 230 136 203 105 335

Jun 08 169 299 141 125 119 248 152 293 283 214 152 216 197 155 243 248 186 209 101 342

May 08 169 314 141 120 117 257 162 300 302 215 151 198 191 152 244 228 173 212 96 340

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5 of 6 Monster Employment Index Netherlands findings across occupational categories for the past 13 months are as follows:

Occupation
Managers Professionals Technicians and associate professionals Clerical support workers Service and sales workers Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers Craft and related workers Plant and machine operators, and assemblers Elementary occupations

May 09 86 104 75 125 117 117 186 73 184

Apr 09 95 111 79 137 121 224 214 70 178

Mar 09 108 117 86 156 107 204 228 73 198

Feb 09 115 123 92 171 111 178 227 92 212

Jan 09 119 123 98 168 108 168 223 102 212

Dec 08 149 140 116 201 121 172 249 112 274

Nov 08 163 147 124 221 142 178 250 128 295

Oct 08 169 152 129 234 168 184 260 128 325

Sep 08 173 157 139 256 185 192 245 139 329

Aug 08 172 159 142 265 198 194 247 139 331

Jul 08 199 173 156 324 228 203 263 160 336

Jun 08 219 184 160 338 250 214 253 174 312

May 08 200 186 163 349 260 213 258 172 314

Monster Employment Index Netherlands findings across Dutch regions for the past 13 months are as follows:

Region
Drenthe Flevoland Friesland Gelderland Groningen Limburg Noord-Brabant Noord-Holland Overijssel Utrecht Zeeland Zuid-Holland

May 09 125 114 116 108 128 94 92 69 111 101 140 90

Apr 09 135 124 125 115 138 100 101 75 128 110 140 99

Mar 09 141 133 133 125 150 107 113 82 132 121 156 104

Feb 09 139 140 127 127 143 116 125 91 134 132 147 113

Jan 09 139 139 123 127 143 118 124 98 138 134 136 115

Dec 08 166 156 149 153 176 137 155 123 170 154 157 140

Nov 08 177 160 156 166 184 150 167 134 179 162 160 148

Oct 08 185 176 169 174 195 170 175 141 185 167 142 154

Sep 08 190 183 179 177 197 176 181 152 190 170 147 160

Aug 08 189 196 179 185 201 186 187 151 190 170 147 162

Jul 08 213 230 198 210 210 191 205 175 217 192 157 178

Jun 08 232 233 215 227 221 208 221 190 238 177 148 190

May 08 227 232 218 240 226 216 225 185 247 187 155 187

Monster Employment Index Netherlands for June will be released on July 14, 2009.

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6 of 6 About The Monster Employment Index Europe The Monster Employment Index Europe provides monthly insight into online recruitment trends across the European Union. Launched in June 2005 with data from December 2004, the Index is based on a review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of corporate career sites and job boards, including Monster. The Monster Employment Index’s underlying data is validated for accuracy by Research America, Inc. – an independent, third-party auditing firm – to ensure that measured online job recruitment activity is within a margin of error of +/- 1.05%. The Index monitors online job opportunities across all European Union member countries. The monthly reports for Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Europe are available at: http://corporate.monster.com/Press_Room/MEI_EU.asp. About Monster Worldwide Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), parent company of Monster, 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. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at http://corporate.monster.com.
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CONTACTS: Edward Touw Monster Worldwide Netherlands +31 (0)20 851 11 01 edward.touw@monsterboard.nl

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