THE EURES NETWORK – what EURES can do
What is EURES for?
EURES is aimed at promoting free movement of people within the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA = EU plus Norway , Iceland , Liechtenstein ) and Switzerland. The central principle behind Europe's Single Market are that there should be free movement of goods, services, capital and people between countries. While most of the Single Market is now law in Member States, many Europeans have been reluctant to take advantage of their freedom to work in other European states. EURES therefore seeks to promote the free movement of workers within the EU and the EEA.
How does EURES work?
- Set up in 1993, EURES is a Europe-wide employment network based on a co-operation between the European Commission and the Public Employment Services (PES) of the EEA Member States and other partner organisations, including employers and trades unions. The joint resources of the EURES member and partner organisations provide a solid basis for the EURES network to offer high quality services for both jobseekers and employers.
- EURES is based on two pillars: a physical network and an online portal. Between them, they offer a comprehensive range of information and job-searching opportunities.
- The physical network operates through more than 5,000 local employment offices with more than 100,000 staff offering services to jobseekers and employers. More than 850 specialist EURES advisers currently offer advice on labour mobility between different countries. Online, the EURES Job Mobility portal (eures.europa.eu) allows employers and jobseekers to search for employees/jobs in real time.
- By opening a My EURES account, employers can register their requirements and will receive CVs from suitably qualified applicants. They can also search the database of jobseeker CVs, create and store search profiles and receive alerts by e-mail.
- By selecting "Search for a job" jobseekers can access job vacancies in 31 European countries updated in real time. By registering for free to "My EURES" for jobseekers they can create their CV and make it available for registered employers and for EURES advisers helping employers to find suitable candidates. The section of on 'Living and Working', in 25 languages, is a good way of finding out about the employment situation and living and working conditions in another EEA country. Many more features are being continuously added regularly, such as the option to subscribe to electronic newsletters. My EURES is a service that is free of charge to both jobseekers and employers. The portal is available in all European languages (plus Norwegian and Icelandic).
- Booklets and DVDs on living and working in specific European markets are also available.
- In addition, EURES organizes hundreds of well publicized "Job Fairs" each year at numerous locations across Europe. These attract very large attendances – in 2009, for example, there were 110,000 attendees at various events in the Netherlands , and 60,000 visitors at 30 events in Italy . 12,000 job seekers – and 80 employers - attended a Job fair held at the Berlaymont in Brussels. 90% of employers attending described the quality of employees attending as satisfactory or very satisfactory. Several made job offers on the day.