The UK is the third best country in Europe in which to find a new job, Glassdoor survey finds

The UK offers the best job prospects together with Estonia, Norway and Austria

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The UK is one of the best countries in Europe in which to find job, according to new research.

A report from Glassdoor Economic Research has shown that the UK is the third best for finding work out of 16 European countries.

The UK offers the best job prospects together with Estonia, Norway and Austria, according to Glassdoor. The research is based on key employment indicators such as unemployment rates, involuntary part-time work and the employment gap, which compares current employment rates to pre-crisis ones.

The Labour market in the UK has some major advantages such high levels of education and training and low levels of temporary work, the survey finds.

Greece and Spain have high unemployment rates affecting around 25 per cent of the workforce, but the UK is in a much better position, with only around six per cent of the active population out of work.

The UK also has a relatively low rate of youth unemployment down to 17 per cent from 20 per cent in 2011-2012. In Spain in Greece and Greece these numbers are above 50 per cent and over 40 per cent in Italy.

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Temporary contracts often mean difficult working hours, little flexibility, low pay and job security. While Estonia and the UK have also the lowest proportions of temporary employment workers at 3 per cent, they are most common in Spain, the Netherlands, and Portugal, affecting more than two in ten employed.

According to Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, the European labour market is diverse and presents both challenges and opportunities for job seekers.

“On the one hand, countries like the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland enjoy below average unemployment.

“By contrast, Greece, Spain and Portugal have continued to struggle with double-digit unemployment and slow economic growth—partly due to inflexible labour market regulations that have proven difficult to reform in recent years,” he said.

Best countries in which to find work in Europe

16. Spain


15. Greece


14. Portugal


13. Italy


12. Ireland


11. France


10. Netherlands


9. Finland


8. Belgium


7. Switzerland


6. Germany


5. Denmark


4. Austria


3. UK


2. Norway


1. Estonia