Following the European Job Days Brussels, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and inclusion, László Andor expressed satisfaction with an impressive turnout at the leading job fair in the European Commission's Berlaymont headquarters: "The European Job Days contribute to explaining the benefits of mobility in the European Union and help people find jobs thanks to direct contact with potential employers. I am pleased to say that for many of the 10 thousand visitors and majority of over 90 participating organisations and labour market actors the event proved to be useful."
He added: "With unemployment soaring in many countries, we need to give special focus to job-rich recovery. It is vital to support jobseekers to find suitable jobs and equally to help employers to fill their vacancies with the best possible match. Mobility is helping to fill skills shortages and job vacancies and plays a role in enhancing economic growth, which is badly needed. The European labour market is full of often overlooked opportunities. The Job Days Brussels provide a key stepping stone to individuals to move ahead in the labour market."
The fifth consecutive European Job Days Brussels provided actual access to over 1,2 mln job vacancies in the EURES online corner and direct interaction with more than 50 EURES advisors from 21 countries. The advisors enabled the participants to access and discuss concrete job offers from nearly 90 companies across Europe and to learn more about mobility in the EU. The EURES portal currently receives over 8 million visits every month. On top of its vacancies the portal currently contains over 703 000 CVs and around 25 000 employers registered.
This year the European Job Day Brussels hosted for the first time a special space dedicated to “Create your own job”, as part of the Commission's initiative 'Youth@Work '. It offered interactive information sessions for young people thinking of starting a business or of getting self-employed. In parallel, the Pop-Up Hub space allowed young people furthering informal conversations on entrepreneurship.
53% of candidates who pre-registered for the Brussels event were women and the majority were people without work looking for a job (61%). A further 31% are already working, while 8% were students. The participants are particularly motivated, multilingual and are also highly educated: 69% possess a University or Master's degree and 16% a Bachelor degree. 73% were younger than 34. In terms of mobility trends, 48% of the participants are looking for a job in Europe and 19% were attracted to the event by the prospect of acquiring information on mobility.
Between 15 September and 15 October, almost 100 Job Days events take place simultaneously in European cities, providing opportunities to employers and jobseekers to meet and talk to each other. The European Job Days Brussels is organised by the European Commission and EURES, in partnership with the Belgian public employment services. This year, the Belgian Ministers of Employment visited the Brussels Job Day and the opening of the event was officially inaugurated by Belgium’s Princess Mathilde.