A complaint made by twenty three jobs-search sites at the beginning of August has asked the European Commission to temporarily order Google to stop anti-competitive behaviour, while it investigates the issue.
Since its launch, numerous complaints from rivals have alleged anti-competitive behaviour, deliberately pushing them down the search ranking, increasing their costs, stealing users and ultimately affecting their profits.
Alternative views suggest that Google has brought competition back to the job advertising market and the benefit of recruiters seeing better matching of job seekers to jobs.
Google for Jobs – launched in 2018 in the UK – places a widget at the top of searches, that filters and saves vacancies aggregated from many sources. For businesses to have their jobs advertised on Google for Jobs, they must present the job details using ‘schema microformat’ on their website for Googlebot to read them.
While many job-search sites charge recruiters for advertising their jobs, Google does not …although competitors point out that after the opening shot to gain dominance in the job market, it may start charging for advertising to create a revenue stream.
Savvy recruiters have seen an opportunity to cut costs (a competitive advantage) and reduce their spend with job search sites while ensuring their recruitment websites are compliant with the Google schema.
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There are indicators that some competitors have seen a decline in traffic. Recruit Holdings (owner of Indeed) has lowered its forecasted sales for 2019/20, while traffic has declined 5% since 2016. Steps taken by the company include boosting advertising.
While Monster has seen an increase in traffic by conforming to Google for Jobs requirements. Steps taken by the company include asking recruiters to improve the content on their job postings to generate more clicks. Our guidance here.
Google has been under pressure from the EU and other regulators for anti-competitive practices before. The EU has previously fined Google a total of £7.64bn, in similar anti-trust cases.
The EU has spoken to Google before about its job search tool and the company stated it had made changes, linking directly to job offers available on a single site and offering direct links to third-party job sites.
Despite the threat of large fines, Google for Jobs is here to stay!
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