UK job market

Google’s job hunting service comes to the UK

Google has secured several of the UK’s largest recruitment services for a local version of its jobs-hunting tool. Reed, Guardian Jobs, Haymarket and Totaljobs.com are among those providing listings, in addition to global sites such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor.

The facility automatically shows the “freshest and most relevant” openings based on a user’s location when they type relevant terms into Google Search. But one expert said those involved might come to regret the tie-up.

For now, the US tech giant is not charging employment sites to feature their listings nor using the service to place any extra adverts beyond those that normally appear within its results.

In addition, applicants must still click through to the individual third-party jobs platforms to apply for a post. But one industry-watcher suggested this arrangement could change.

“Google is a behemoth of search, it controls the gateway to the internet – so I can understand why others feel they have to be part of its jobs service,” commented Robert Jeffrey, editor of People Management magazine.

“But undoubtedly it will start charging for placement and other premium services. “And for third-party sites that represents a risk.”

The Google For Jobs service already exists in the US, Spain and parts of Africa, where the firm claims to have already connected millions of people to new job opportunities.

In addition to the larger listing sites, Google has also partnered with thousands of smaller specialist platforms.