The First European Job Days to be held in Cyprus attracted 650 jobseekers and participants from eight other countries. Held over two consecutive days in May 2013, they were evaluated as “very positive” by the majority of participants.
The Job Days took place in Limassol on 14 May 2013 and in Nicosia the following day, to cater for the needs of jobseekers across Cyprus. They targeted two main occupational sectors: information technology and engineering.
“The events were advertised nationwide, as well as through our website and public employment offices,” says Antonis Kafouros, EURES Manager for Cyprus. “For the first time, we also created a Facebook page about the events. It’s updated regularly, so that we can create a brand identity for future Job Days on our island.”
Participants included specialists in the IT sector, telecoms, computer software development, as well as a broad range of engineering firms (mechanical, electrical, environmental, etc). Two Cyprus-based companies, Amdocs Ltd and Hyperion Systems Engineering, were also present to collect jobseekers’ CVs and conduct face-to-face interviews. Altogether, these companies brought 75 vacancies with them.
Around 60 % of the jobseekers were young (25-30 years old), unemployed Cypriot graduates with limited work experience. Close to a third were more experienced jobseekers and 10 % were seeking work in other countries.
“Most of the jobseekers were looking for employment in the UK because they have a good command of the English language,” says Antonis. “The second most popular country was Germany, followed by Italy. However, all eight of the participating EURES countries saw many visitors and gathered lots of CVs for the employers they were representing.”
Around 50 jobseekers were later contacted by EURES Germany to participate in German the “Job of my Life” initiative and 120 CVs were uploaded to Germany’s “Job Börse” database. Eighteen also received vouchers to learn German in Cyprus, to help them prepare for an interview with employers. EURES Italy contacted over 80 participants with at least some knowledge of Italian, asking them to check out various job offers in the Italian public and private sectors.
“There can be no doubt that the vacancies promoted were of high quality,” notes Antonis with satisfaction. But he adds that these Job Days highlighted long-standing barriers to European mobility, such as language skills and employers’ regular demand for work experience from young graduates.