by Fu Yun Chi
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google was hit with an antitrust complaint on Monday after Danish online job-search rival JobIndex submitted its complaint to EU regulators, alleging that the Alphabet-owned business had lost its Wrongly endorsed the job search service.
The complaint could reinvigorate an investigation into Google for Jobs, the service of EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. Vestager said she was looking into the issue three years ago, but has not yet taken any action.
The European Commission said it would assess the complaint in accordance with standard procedures. JobIndex’s action comes four years after German media conglomerate Axel Springer’s jobs portal Stepstone filed a similar complaint against Google.
Google, which has been fined more than 8 billion euros ($8.4 billion) by Vestager in recent years for various anti-competitive practices, says it partners with job providers to help people work for them. be directed to websites with relevant job listings.
“Any job provider, big or small, is able to participate and companies are seeing increased traffic and job matches as a result of this feature,” a Google spokesperson said.
Launched in Europe in 2018, Google for Jobs drew criticism from 23 online job-search websites in 2019. He said he had lost market share after the online search giant allegedly used his market power to push his new service.
Google’s service links to postings aggregated from multiple employers, allowing candidates to filter, save, and receive alerts about openings, though they’ll have to go elsewhere to apply. Google places a large widget for the tool at the top of the results for general web searches.
Three years ago Jobindex, one of 23 critics, said that Google had skewed the highly competitive Danish market towards itself through anti-competitive means.
Founder and CEO Kare Danielsson said that by the time Google for Jobs entered the local market last year, JobIndex had created the largest employment database in Denmark.
“Nevertheless, in the short time following the launch of Google for Jobs in Denmark, JobIndex lost 20% of search traffic to Google’s inferior service,” Danielson told Reuters.
“By putting its own following service at the top of result pages, Google hides some of the most relevant job offers from job seekers. Recruiters in turn can no longer reach all job seekers unless they use Google’s job service.” Don’t use it,” he said. ,
“This not only prevents competition among recruitment services but directly affects labor markets, which are central to any economy,” Danielson asked the commission to stop Google’s alleged anti-competitive practices, fix the company, and Urged to order implementation of payment from time to time. ensure compliance.
JobIndex said it has seen instances of free-riding, some of its job ads being copied without its permission and being marketed through Google for Jobs on behalf of Jobindex’s business partners. It also cited privacy risks for the job applicants and its clients.
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(Reporting by Fu Yun Chi, Editing by Bradley Perrette and Mark Potter)