British workers get first look at UK job vacancies in new EU deal


TENS of thousands of jobs will be advertised only to workers in Britain under changes agreed in Brussels today.

Conservatives in the European Parliament have been instrumental in securing the key amendment to regulations governing EURES, a website used by people across Europe seeking work.

Richard Ashworth, MEP for South East England commented on the decision:

“The decision today is highly important. It is only fair to the people of Britain, that they should have the first chance of securing British jobs. It is totally justifiable that British businesses should have the choice to advertise their jobs only to British residents.

Existing rules insist that all positions advertised in UK job centres must also be posted on the EU-wide site.  However since December 2014 the UK Government has given British firms the choice to opt-out of the site, a move welcomed by Mr Ashworth.

Following the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee approving the amendment, the South East MEP explained:

“Previously the British government’s position remained open to a legal challenge, by formalising the UK’s position and allowing employers not to advertise a vacancy on EURES, it has given British residence an advantage in securing employment.

“Before the UK Government changed its rules in December 2014, 60 per cent of the 2.4 million jobs on the EURES site were for posts in the UK. This has now dropped to 15 per cent, reducing one of the factors pulling EU migrants to Britain”.

Employers will no longer be compelled to advertise on EURES if the move is justified “on the basis of skills and competence requirements related to the job.”  It also removes the need to advertise traineeships and apprenticeships across the EU.