Google has been hit by an antitrust complaint from its Danish job-hunting rival


Google was hit by an antitrust complaint on Monday after a Danish online job search rival lodged its complaint with EU regulators, claiming that the Alphabet unit had unfairly favored its own job search service.

The complaint could speed up EU cartel chief Margrethe Vestager’s investigation into the Google for Jobs service, three years after it was first scrutinized. Since then, the EU has not taken any specific action in the field of online job search.

The European Commission and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comments sent outside of office hours.

Google fined more than $8 billion by Vestager in recent years for various anti-competitive practices

Launched in Europe in 2018, Google for Jobs sparked criticism from 23 online job search websites in 2019. They said they lost market share after the online search giant allegedly used its market power to push its new service.

Google’s service links to vacancies collected from many employers, allowing candidates to filter, save and receive notifications of vacancies even though they have to apply elsewhere. Google places a large widget for the tool at the top of results for regular web searches.

Jobindex, one of the 23 critics three years ago, said Google used anti-competitive means to distort the formerly highly competitive Danish market.

Kaare Danielsen, founder and CEO of Jobindex, said his company built the largest job database in Denmark when Google for Jobs launched on the local market last year.

“Nonetheless, in the short period following the launch of Google for Jobs in Denmark, Jobindex lost 20 percent of its search traffic to Google’s inferior service,” Danielsen told Reuters.

“By placing its own inferior service at the top of results pages, Google is actually hiding some of the most relevant job listings from job seekers. In turn, recruiters may no longer reach all job seekers unless they use Google’s jobs service,” he said.

“This not only stifles competition among recruitment services, but directly affects labor markets, which are central to any economy,” Danielsen said, urging the commission to order Google to end the alleged anti-competitive practices and fine the company substantiate and impose periodic payments to ensure compliance.

Jobindex said it had seen examples of free riders, with some of its own job ads being copied without its permission and marketed through Google for Jobs on behalf of Jobindex business partners. It also cited privacy risks for job applicants and their clients. Google has been hit by an antitrust complaint from its Danish job-hunting rival

Fry Electronics Team

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