Google brings job hunting service to the UK

Doris Richards
July 17, 2018

Google's new job searching tool finally arrived in the United Kingdom today, following a successful roll-out in the USA a year ago.

The tool scans through opportunities offered through a number of major recruiters, including Reed and, and collates them for job seekers to scour through. The world's largest search engine now shows everything from cinema times to flight statuses, and in the United Kingdom, is about to get even more useful with the introduction of job openings. Google claims the service displays the same amount of ads as the search engine. Google also said it will be publishing open documentation for all job providers, showing how their openings can be shown in the search engine.

"Like anyone who has searched for a job at some point in their lives, I know from experience how hard it can be to find the right role", Google's Joy Xi wrote in the blog post.

Google's job search feature (pictured) collects and organises job listings within its search engine.

According to Mashable, the service launched in the USA last June as a way of helping users find jobs using a number of search parameters, such as distance from home and when the position was uploaded. It doesn't have comprehensive coverage of the United Kingdom recruitment market.

How do you search for a job?

This detailed information is a departure from the traditional approach of Google's main search engine. Clicking on the heading leads to a dedicated job-hunting page, where users can refine the search by using parameters such as location, title and the date a position was uploaded. The listings will also show, where available, previous employee reviews and a salary comparison via Glassdoor, and estimate the commute time to your potential new workplace through Google Maps.

Is it good for employers?

With this new tool, Google's starting small.

Indeed's United Kingdom managing director Bill Richards said: 'Indeed's sole mission is to help people get jobs.

If you're in the market for a new job, or just a change of pace, there are plenty of job sites out there for you to check out. Typing simple queries like "teaching jobs" or "jobs near me" will let you browse listings pulled from a variety of sources, including Gumtree, TotalJobs, Reed, and The Guardian Jobs.

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