Glassdoor: UK revealed as third-best European country for recruitment

Jobseekers have a harder time finding jobs in some European countries than others, according to new research from Glassdoor.

The recruitment site ranks the UK as the third-best European country when it comes to recruitment. The result echoes figures from Adzuna. Those figures revealed that the number of advertised vacancies in the UK has risen to a post-recession high.

That report came after the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reported that unemployment in November was the lowest since January 2006. It was at 5.2%.

While the UK has recovered from the recession, Glassdoor’s research reveals how the financial meltdown can still be felt across the continent.

For instance, Greece and Spain are the two countries in Europe with the highest unemployment rate and where it is hardest to find a job.

Estonia is on the other side of the spectrum. The Baltic country is ranked as the best country in Europe for recruitment. Glassdoor based its ranking of the country on three indicators: temporary employment, temporary youth employment and involuntary part-time work.

Norway was the second-best country when it came to employment.

Andrew Chamberlain is the Chief Economist at Glassdoor. He says: “European labour markets today are diverse and present myriad challenges – as well as opportunities – jobseekers.

“On the one hand, countries like the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland enjoy below average unemployment. By contrast, Greece, Spain and Portugal have continued to struggle with double-digit unemployment and slow economic growth – partly due to inflexible labour market regulations that have proven difficult to reform in recent years.

The full list is below.


Best European countries for recruitment

  1. Estonia
  2. Norway
  3. UK
  4. Austria
  5. Denmark
  6. Germany
  7. Switzerland
  8. Belgium
  9. Finland
  10. Netherlands
  11. France
  12. Ireland
  13. Italy
  14. Portugal
  15. Greece
  16. Spain


Our original story on Adzuna’s report can be found here.

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