EURES helps partners of EU Parliament staff to find jobs

27.06.2011

The European Parliament employs around 7 000 staff, including the 736 Members of Parliament. The personnel come from all European Member States often bringing with them husbands, wives or partners who have given up their careers in their home country to move to Belgium.
The European Parliament employs around 7 000 staff, including the 736 Members of Parliament. The personnel come from all European Member States often bringing with them husbands, wives or partners who have given up their careers in their home country to move to Belgium.   
 
“I have two main messages to the spouses and partners of the parliamentarians. The first is that the Brussels labour market is economically very dynamic and competitive with very specific needs such as high requirements in terms of qualifications and language skills. The second is that Brussels is a melting point of different nationalities, 46% of the residents of Brussels are from a foreign origin,” says Victoria Petrova, EURES Adviser at the Brussels International Jobcentre.
 
Invited by the European Parliament’s welcome desk for personnel in Brussels, EURES informs newcomers about the employment market in Belgium and job opportunities in Brussels during a seminar organised twice a year in French and in English.
 
The particularities of the labour market in Brussels are:
  • A shortage of qualified workers.
  • A surplus of unqualified workers.
  • High interregional mobility with 360 000 daily commuters.
  • Bilingual job vacancies (Dutch & French).
  • A lack of candidates for particular professions such as engineers, nurses and IT-specialists.
 
As EURES helps any European citizen who wants to move from or to another European Member State, EURES Advisers are happy to help the spouses and partners of European Parliament to find work and integrate more easily. 
 
“Newcomers to Belgium usually want to know what procedures to go through to ensure their qualifications are recognised (which is a complicated procedure); where they can find jobs if they only speak English; and in which sectors there are jobs. This is the information I offer during this seminar but this information can also be found on the EURES portal and on the website of the Brussels International Jobcentre, for everyone to read,” states Mélanie Chaineux, also EURES Adviser at the Brussels International Jobcentre.   
 
 
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