Searching for a job outside of your home country might seem like a daunting process but the EU can help not only through legislation but also by providing useful information and services.
The European Employment Services (EURES) network lists thousands of jobs across the EU and employs over 700 advisors who are in daily contact with employers all over Europe.
Its role is to match jobseekers with vacancies and help solve any problems that workers or employers might encounter along the way. EURES works in partnership with trade unions and employers' organisations to make sure workers can fully enjoy their right to freedom of movement across the European Economic Area (EEA).
The EEA includes all 28 EU states as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. EURES also covers the jobs market in Switzerland.
A separate service called Your First EURES Job has been set up to help first-time job-seekers (18-30 years) to find work in other EU countries. Your First EURES Job also provides help to businesses looking for workers with a specific profile they can't find in their home country.
Registering with EURES allows jobseekers submit their CV which will then be made available to employers in all 32 countries.
It’s also possible to check out the jobs market and working conditions in different countries on the EURES website and advisors can be contacted for advice on finding and accepting a job abroad.
EURES also provides employers, including small and medium-sized businesses, with a personalised service to help them find employees with specific skills or knowledge.
Unemployed workers have the right to live and look for work in an EU country for a reasonable period of time. Most member states take this to be six months and will usually allow an extension if there’s interviews or tests to attend.
It’s also possible to claim unemployment benefit from your home country for three months, extendable to six months, while you look for work abroad.
Self employed workers have the right to work in any EU country either permanently or temporarily.