The 23 companies, according to reuters, said their market share was shrinking since google launched its google for jobs service in europe last year. The letter was submitted to the European Union's Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, on Tuesday.
Since 2018, Westerg has been investigating Google's job search and local search capabilities. The complaints of these companies can obviously help her. Companies involved in the complaint include the UK job search site BestJobsOnline, Germany's Intermedia and Jobindex.
The current Google crisis is heavy. In the past two years, Google has been fined 8.25 billion euros ($9.25 billion) by the European Union for obstructing its competitors.
“After Google launched its online job search service in Germany in May 2019, other EU countries such as Spain, France and the United Kingdom were similar, and Google for Jobs immediately became a prominent leader in the market,” wrote the job search company. They say that Google’s behavior goes far beyond providing online job search services.
"Google also provides services directly to recruiters and thus has the typical functionality of a job search site. In the process, Google tries to circumvent regulation and eventually become an alternative to other job sites," said the company. "In fact, Google's sales team. In the back, we have actively and directly contacted our customers and have recruiters as our main customers."
Asked about the perception of complaints from online job seekers, Google said the company has made changes to address European problems.
“These changes include testing a new selection scrollbar at the top of the site, and the content in the scrollbar links directly to other job sites. Job seekers can choose which search results or experience is better for them,” explains a Google woman.
The complaints companies also suggested in the letter that the European Commission should consider issuing an interim measure to order Google to stop monopolizing behavior during the investigation of the matter by the regulator.
The companies also rejected Google’s proposed competitor scroll bar link, which they said did not contain detailed information related to the search query.
They said: "Obviously, this meaningless link, fundamentally, does not ensure that online job search services are treated equally on Google's search results page."
The employment portal of German publisher Axel Springer and another German competitor have filed a complaint with Westerg. According to informed sources, if the EU does not take action, the signatory of the letter may initiate follow-up proceedings.