30 Percent of European Internet Users Seek Career Information Online Russia Overtakes Germany as Market with Largest Online Audience
LONDON, UK, 14 November 2011 - Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an overview of internet usage in Europe, showing 373.4 million unique visitors went online in September 2011 for an average of 26.4 hours per person. This release highlights internet usage in 49 European markets aggregated into the European region and provides individual reporting on 18 markets. Amongst its findings, the study showed strong growth in September 2011 for the Career Services and Development category with a 14 percent increase in unique visitors from the previous month.
Career Services and Development Sites Received Largest Number of Unique Visitors To Date In September 2011, nearly 30 percent of the European online audience (108.4 million unique people) visited sites in the Career Services and Development category, reflecting the most unique visitors the category has seen to date. Within the category, the Training and Education sub-category experienced the highest growth with a 28 percent increase, followed by Job Search with a 21percent increase.
Among the top Career Services and Development sites for September 2011, Monster Inc. received the most unique visitors at 9.4 million unique people. Indeed.com followed, with 8.3 million unique visitors, reflecting a sizeable 39 percent growth from the previous month. Jobrapido, an aggregator of listings from other job sites, ranked third, drawing 7.7 million visitors in September. The fourth largest site in the Career Services and Development category was Espace Emploi International, a site for French companies and French nationals listing international vacancies, which attracted nearly 5 million unique visitors in September 2011.
Fastest Growing Properties in Europe Google Sites continued to rank as the top European web property in September with 341.1 million unique visitors, reaching more than 91 percent of the total European internet audience. Microsoft Sites ranked second with 263.3 million visitors (70.5 percent reach), followed closely by Facebook.com in third place with 250 million visitors (66.9 percent reach). Russian social network VKontakte continued to display the highest average engagement among top properties, with Europeans spending 427 minutes (7.1 hours) on the site.
Among the fastest growing properties in Europe from the August to September were the Dublin-based digital media company Populis (up 44 percent), Czech portal Seznam.cz (up 25 percent), and gaming site EA Online (up 16 percent). Italian telecommunications operator Wind Telecomunicazioni and the Mozilla Organization also showed substantial increases in traffic of 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
European Internet Usage by Country – Russia Overtakes Germany Below is a snapshot of European internet usage in the 18 reportable markets for which Comscore provides individual reporting. In September 2011, Russia overtook Germany as the market with the highest number of unique visitors online. The U.K. showed the highest engagement, with users spending an average of nearly 36 hours online in September.
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