23. January 2014 0 Comment



The purpose of EURES is to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services for the benefit of workers and employers as well as any citizen wishing to benefit from the principle of the free movement of persons.

Launched in 1994, EURES is a co-operation network between the European Commission and the Public Employment Services of the EEA Member States (the EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and other partner organisations. Switzerland also takes part in EURES co‑operation.

EURES provides its services to jobseekers and employers through its human network of around 900 EURES advisers and other staff in the EURES host organisations as well as via online service-tools available on the EURES portal.


Indicator [1]: A score below 60 % was rated as “red”, between 60 % and 80 % as “yellow”, and above 80 % as “green”.
Indicator [2]: A ratio above 1.5 million was rated as “red”, between 0.8 and 1.5 million as “yellow”, and below 0.8 million as “green”.
Indicator [3]: A ratio below 500 was rated as “red”, between 500 and 900 as “yellow”, and above 900 as “green”.
Indicator [4]: A ratio below 30 was rated as “red”, between 30 and 100 as “yellow”, and above 100 as “green”.
Indicator [5]: A score below 2 % was rated as “red”, between 2 % and 5 % as “yellow”, and above 5 % as “green”.

* Indicator [1] has been marked as red for Bulgaria as the country is currently not connected to the platform for vacancy exchange with EURES. Indicator [3], [4] and [5] have been marked as red for Iceland as the country has not reported on the number of contacts and placements



Overall performance

The overall performance is calculated on the basis of the points collected on the five criteria. The countries can “earn” 100 points for an indicator marked as “green”, 75 points for an indicator marked as “yellow” and 50 points for one marked as “red”.

If the total is equal or above 400, the final rating for the country will be “green”, if it is below 400 but still higher than 200 it will be “yellow” and if the total is equal or below 200, it will be “red”.

Due to missing indicators these countries are marked as red without considering the total number of points. 

All Member States are obliged to exchange job vacancies published by their National Public Employment Services with the EURES Portal. This score is based on the quality of the connection of the national Job Vacancies Database to the EURES portal, the proportion of vacancies exchanged, compared to the entire stock, and the quality of the content of these vacancies.

The figure for the population covered per EURES Adviser is obtained by dividing the total population of the country by the number of full-time equivalent EURES Advisers in that country. The EURES network is organised in different ways in each country. Services to end users are in many cases delivered also by other staff than EURES Advisers. Therefore this number does not necessarily reflect fully the effort of the Member State to implement the services.


The number of contacts with jobseekers per EURES adviser is obtained from monthly reporting of the EURES Advisers. Meetings, phone calls or email exchanges in which personal counselling takes place are considered as “contacts”.

The number of contacts with employers per EURES adviser is obtained from monthly reporting of the EURES Advisers. Meetings, phone calls or email exchanges in which personal counselling takes place are considered as “contacts”.

The ratio of placements resulting from contacts is obtained from monthly reporting of the EURES Advisers. Placements are incoming or outgoing workers that have been placed in a job as a direct result of the services provided by these EURES Advisers. This ratio is obtained by dividing the number of placements by the number of contacts with jobseekers.



Launched in 1994, EURES provides high-quality informationadvice and recruitment services for workers and employers, through its network of around 900 EURES advisers working in the Public Employment Services and the EURES web portal and IT systems. It is a powerful resource available to the EU for promoting geographical mobility.

In light of the current economic situation, the EURES platform and network were increasingly used in 2012 and could thereby actively contribute toalleviating labour market imbalances.

  • EURES’s network activities continued in 2012. The portal currently receives more than two million visits per month;
  • EURES organised various European Job Days and other recruitment events to support job creation and improve worker mobility in the EU;
  • The first pilot phase of the targeted mobility scheme “Your first EURES job” was launched helping young EU nationals aged 18 to 30 to find work in other Member States. The scheme combines customised job-matching and job placement services for workers with EU financial incentives (contributions to travel expenses for job interviews, pre-job training and integration activities).

Facts and figures

Jobseekers can register on the EURES portal to upload and publish their CVs. There are currently more than a million such jobseeker accounts.

Employers who register on the EURES portal can search for and contact jobseekers who have published their CVs. There are currently over 30 000 employers registered.

Germany (14 079 035), Luxembourg (8 550 438) and France (2 878 978) had considerably higher numbers of hits than all the other countries. They were omitted from the chart in order to maintain a reasonable scale.


As from 2014 EURES will be reformed to further step up its matching and placement capacity and thereby support increased mobility and employment in Europe. Preparations for the roll-out of reform will be the key priority throughout 2013.

The EURES portal will be revamped. A new version of the CV Online application will be launched, which, together with considerable improvements of the “Search for a job” functionality, will allow for better matching between CVs and job vacancies.


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