Europe: EU launches new online job search tool for refugees from Ukraine


11 October 2022

The European Union announced the launch of a new online job search tool that aims to help people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine find a job in the European Union.

It comes as the European Commission announced a series of measures to continue supporting those fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

After registering in the EU Talent Pool pilot initiative, people under temporary protection can upload their CVs, making their profiles available to more than 4,000 employers, national public employment services and private employment agencies.

“Ensuring rapid and effective integration into the labor market is important both for host communities and for those fleeing war to rebuild their lives,” the Commission stated.

In its 2022 Communication on attracting skills and talents to the EU, the Commission proposed to launch an EU Talent Pool pilot project to identify and map the skills of people who have fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine, to facilitate their linking with EU employers and their labor market. integration. This project is a joint initiative of the Commission and the European Labor Authority, with the continued involvement and assistance of the European Migration Network.

The EU Talent Pool pilot, available in English, Ukrainian and Russian, is implemented through the EURES portal (European Cooperation Network of Employment Services), a job search portal managed by the European Labor Authority. EURES contains more than 3 million job vacancies and 4,000 employers.

After registration, the tool guides job seekers through a process where they can identify the skills they have and upload their CV. CVs published in the EU Talent Pool pilot program will be visible to public employment services in all participating countries, as well as to registered employers in all countries that are part of EURES. Job seekers can also consult all the job offers published on the EURES portal.

Employment and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit said: “The EU talent pool pilot project demonstrates our continued solidarity with Ukraine. Not just with words, but with actions. It is a tragedy that millions of people have been forced to flee their homes. It is our collective duty to provide whatever support we can to help them make a living in the EU. Finding a quality job means financial independence and puts you on the path to better social integration.”

Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said: “Since the first week of war, the EU has granted immediate protection to those who need it. Thanks to the EU Temporary Protection, those same people who arrive in the EU have access to the labor market. The talent pool facilitates access to the labor market. Our goal is to ensure that Ukrainians can continue to benefit from the Temporary Protection Directive, which I believe should continue to apply until at least March 2024. We are also ready to support those who decide to return to Ukraine and can trust us. if they decide to return to the EU.

The Executive Director of the European Labor Authority, Cosmin Boiangiu, said: “The EURES portal and network are a powerful tool for connecting employers and jobseekers across Europe. There could be no better European tool to deliver the Talent Pool pilot program in such a short time and facilitate the labor integration of Ukrainians seeking temporary protection and refuge in the EU.”

Some 600,000 Ukrainians have joined the EU labor market since the conflict began, according to Reuters.


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