Ushering in the New Year on a positive note, hiring activities saw an improvement in sectors like IT and FMCG in January, says a report. Leading job portal Monster.Com’s monthly Employment Index witnessed annual growth of about 6% in January, indicating better recruitment conditions. “Given the current global economic conditions, it is not surprising to see continued single-digit annual growth in the Index,” Monster.Com Managing Director (India/Middle East/South East Asia) Sanjay Modi said in a statement. “However, employers have started the year on a relatively positive note with continued recruitment within large sectors like IT, FMCG and import/export,” he noted. The Employment Index— which reflects monthly online job demand— rose to 120 in January this year from 113 in the year-ago period.