De De De De The job site Jobindex has filed a complaint with the European Commission against the American internet group Google. According to the company, the part of Alphabet favors its own online job posting service for Google Jobs over sites.
By the complaint Google to be further scrutinized by European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager. Google, which has been fined more than €8 billion by Vestager in recent years for various anti-competitive practices, has previously said the changes have expanded across Europe to its online job search.
Google for Jobs, which was launched in Europe in 2018, was already criticized by 23 online job sites in 2019. The sites complained that they lost the bottom of the search giant after it had used its market power to promote its own service.
Jobindex, which had also complained three years ago, argues that Google has taken over a large part of the highly competitive Danish market through anti-competitive means. According to Jobindex founder and chief executive Kaare Danielsen, his company, the largest job database in Denmark, had previously entered the local market, Google for Jobs, last year. “Still against the search traffic to Google’s service,” he told Reuters news agency.
By putting its own service at the top of the results pages, Google is hiding other relevant job openings from job seekers, according to Danielsen. “This not only stifles competition among recruiting services, but also directly hurts the labor markets, which are important to any economy,” Danielsen said.