Reuters news reports that 23 Google Jobs contenders have sent a letter to European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking for a temporary order from Google to stop acting unfairly while investigating the case.
At stake is the fact that Google's parent Alphabet Inc puts a big interface on the two-year-old tool at the top of search results as "call center jobs" in most parts of the world.
Some competitors of the tech giant claim that this position is illegal as they consider that Google is using its domain to attract users to its specialized Google Careers service without the traditional marketing investments that would be required. And this, they say, cost them profits and users.
Other job technology companies say Google has restored innovation and competition in the industry.
Similar to worldwide platforms like Indeed and other job search services, Google's tool links aggregate publications from many employers, allowing applicants to filter, save and receive alerts about opportunities.
Over the past few decades, Google has come across similar accusations with business and travel research. And now the company, which has already reacted, comes to say that previous accusations have caused the company to allow other search services to participate, including a feature designed in Europe to give rivals more prominence.
"Any provider, from individual employers to job listing platforms, can use this feature in search, and many of them have seen a significant increase in the number of job applications they receive," explains the agency's Google product manager.
"By improving the job search experience, we can provide more website traffic and support a healthy job search ecosystem," adds Nick Zakrasek.
Margrethe Vestager's lack of action could spur signatories to pursue formal complaints to the European Commission against Google. But Berlin-based StepStone GmbH, which runs 30 job sites around the world, and another German search service, have already taken that step, an anonymous source told Reuters.