More and more young Cypriots are putting their hopes on finding a job elsewhere in Europe due to the economic crisis and the unprecedented rise in unemployment.
Europe is seen an easier option for many of them due to the free movement of labour.
An increasing number of Cypriot youth have sent and continue sending their CVs to the European Employment Services (Eures), in an effort to secure a job in an EU country.
Cypriot applications for jobs in Europe in November came to 4,700, in April to 5,400 and in August they increased to 5,943.
Young Cypriots are seeing limited prospects for employment at home and are prepared to look for a better life abroad.
This is not easy since unemployment is a problem for the whole of Europe, especially the eurozone.
Eures is widely known throughout Europe and a total of 1,166,489 job applications for any European country have been sent from across Europe.
The highest number of applications comes from fellow crisis-hit Spain with Italy following.
The number of people looking for a job through Eures is as follows:
Spain 302,411, Italy 161,838, Portugal 80, 582, Romania 79,601, Poland 60, 455, Germany 44, 327, Greece, 40,316, France 39,372, Bulgaria 31,724, United Kingdom 31,298, Hungary 30,062, Belgium 23, 114, The Czech Republic 15, 551, Holland 15, 546, Sweden 13, 509, Lithuania 13, 297, Latvia 11, 825, Slovenia 11, 648, Estonia 10, 034, Finland 9, 355, Slovakia 9, 183, Ireland 8, 965, Austria 8, 803, Switzerland 6, 602, Norway 6, 510, Denmark 5,601, Croatia 5, 264, Iceland 2, 626, Malta 2,327, Luxembourg 1,426 and Lichtenstein 36.
Eures is a co-operation network for facilitating free movement of employees within the European economic zone with Switzerland also participating.
The network’s partners include public employment services, unions and employers’ organisations while the European Commission is responsible for co-ordinating the network.
Its main target is to inform, guide and offer advice about employment opportunities as well as living and workplace conditions in the European economic zone.
CVs Online of Eures is offered in all EU languages and gives the possibility to publish a CV and bring it to the attention of Eures consultants and registered employers.
Employers have the possibility by opening a “My Eures” search account to edit and store a search profile and be notified through email.
The service is offered free of charge to people looking for a job and to employers.
According to the Eures website, the most sought-after jobs include engineers and system programmers chefs, chief waiters, waiters, sales assistants, computer engineers, technicians.