The 16 best countries in Europe if you want to get a job

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High levels of employment and job creation are crucial factors in ensuring that countries have strong economic development, and that people are happy and prosperous.

On the world stage, Europe is a pretty good place to be if you want a job, but within Europe, rates of employment vary massively from country to country.

That’s why salary comparison website Glassdoor has compiled a ranking of the best countries in Europe for getting a job as part of its Economic Research Report.

Using data provided by both Eurostat — the European Union’s data organisation — and the OECD, Glassdoor ranked several different employment variables, before weighting each one, and giving each country an overall rating, from 0.0 to 1.0.

The variables Glassdoor measured were:

  • Change in employment levels since the financial crisis
  • The harmonised unemployment rate
  • The youth unemployment rate
  • Temporary employment rate
  • Youth temporary employment rate
  • The number of people working part-time involuntarily.

Most of the countries on the list are high powered western European nations with strong economies, but a few of the states featured might be something of a surprise. Check out the ranking below.

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16. SPAIN — Spain scored pretty poorly across the board, with an overall score of just 0.1. It didn’t get any points in the youth unemployment, temporary employment, and youth temporary employment categories. This probably isn’t too surprising considering the country’s well-documented unemployment crisis in the last few years.

16. SPAIN — Spain scored pretty poorly across the board, with an overall score of just 0.1. It didn't get any points in the youth unemployment, temporary employment, and youth temporary employment categories. This probably isn't too surprising considering the country's well-documented unemployment crisis in the last few years.

Members of the Chamusca forcados group perform during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon, Portugal August 20, 2015.David Ramos / Stringer

15. GREECE — Another country where unemployment has been a massive problem in recent years, Greece scores far better than Spain in a couple of categories. It got an “average” score in both temporary unemployment indicators.

15. GREECE — Another country where unemployment has been a massive problem in recent years, Greece scores far better than Spain in a couple of categories. It got an "average" score in both temporary unemployment indicators.

Anti-EU protesters hold Greek national flags on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the parliament building during a demonstration of about five hundred people in Athens, Greece July 13, 2015.Reuters

14. PORTUGAL — Portugal got an overall score of 0.4, but got below average scores in every category. It scored highest in the involuntary part-time work indicator, where it received 0.7.

14. PORTUGAL — Portugal got an overall score of 0.4, but got below average scores in every category. It scored highest in the involuntary part-time work indicator, where it received 0.7.

Members of the Chamusca forcados group perform during a bullfight at Campo Pequeno bullring in Lisbon, Portugal August 20, 2015.REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

13. ITALY — Italy has the third highest youth unemployment rate of any country surveyed, over 40%. This gave it the same overall score as Portugal, but Italy ranked higher thanks to obtaining a relatively good score in the change since the financial crisis indicator.

13. ITALY — Italy has the third highest youth unemployment rate of any country surveyed, over 40%. This gave it the same overall score as Portugal, but Italy ranked higher thanks to obtaining a relatively good score in the change since the financial crisis indicator.

Gibranth prepares a pizza in the kitchen of the “Master Pizzaioli” school where he studies to be a pizza chef in Rome June 27, 2013. Engineering graduate Gibranth, 24, an Italian citizen originally from Costa Rica who works occasionally as a dance teacher, wanted to learn to make Italian pizza because he is returning to Costa Rica to open a pizzeria. Italian-trained pizza chefs are in high demand abroad, Riccardo Menon, director of “Master Pizzaioli”, said.Reuters/Tony Gentile

12. IRELAND — Only Spain and Greece scored worse than Ireland when it comes to the narrowing of the employment gap since the financial crisis. Employment rates in the country are almost 10% lower than they were at the end of 2007.

12. IRELAND — Only Spain and Greece scored worse than Ireland when it comes to the narrowing of the employment gap since the financial crisis. Employment rates in the country are almost 10% lower than they were at the end of 2007.

Operations manager Colin O’Brien explains the brewing process at the Guinness Brewery, St James’s Gate, DublinReuters

11. FRANCE — France ranks in the worst five of the countries surveyed for both youth unemployment, and temporary employment. More than 20% of youths in the country are unemployed, while around 15% of working people are in temporary employment, well above the OECD average of 11%.

11. FRANCE — France ranks in the worst five of the countries surveyed for both youth unemployment, and temporary employment. More than 20% of youths in the country are unemployed, while around 15% of working people are in temporary employment, well above the OECD average of 11%.

Baker Damien makes bread at “Les Fosses Noires” area in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, western France, January 20, 2014. Around two hundred people, farmers and inhabitants who refuse to leave, occupy houses or expropriated land in the zoned ZAD (Deferred Development Zone) in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, that is slated for the Grand Ouest Airport (AGO).Reuters/Stephane Mahe

10. NETHERLANDS — The Netherlands scored pretty well across the board, but its overall score was dragged down by a very low score in the temporary employment category. It scored just 0.1 in this indicator, and around 22% of those in the workforce are only temporarily employed.

10. NETHERLANDS — The Netherlands scored pretty well across the board, but its overall score was dragged down by a very low score in the temporary employment category. It scored just 0.1 in this indicator, and around 22% of those in the workforce are only temporarily employed.

An employee services a Twinscan machine at the ASML factory in Veldhoven January 17, 2013. ASML, the world’s leading provider of tools for making computer chips, warned of a weak first quarter but said it sees a recovery in the following months as smartphone and tablet makers shift to the next generation of chips.Reuters/Michael Kooren

9. FINLAND — Finns scored higher than average in three of Glassdoor’s indicators, getting the green light in involuntary part-time work, youth, and harmonised unemployment statistics. However, it came well below the OECD average in terms of the change in the employment gap. Since 2007, 4% fewer people in the country are employed.

9. FINLAND — Finns scored higher than average in three of Glassdoor's indicators, getting the green light in involuntary part-time work, youth, and harmonised unemployment statistics. However, it came well below the OECD average in terms of the change in the employment gap. Since 2007, 4% fewer people in the country are employed.

Workers wearing vests with the logo of French nuclear company Areva walk at the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) nuclear power plant, which is under construction, in Eurajoki March 8, 2013.Reuters/Roni Lehti

8. BELGIUM — Belgium is a pretty great country to find a job. It scored higher than average in all but one of Glassdoor’s indicators. It also beat OECD averages for both the change in the number of people employed, and the number in temporary employment.

8. BELGIUM — Belgium is a pretty great country to find a job. It scored higher than average in all but one of Glassdoor's indicators. It also beat OECD averages for both the change in the number of people employed, and the number in temporary employment.

A worker at Barry Callebaut factory inspects liquid chocolate in Lebbeke September 29, 2011. Since it was first sold to the public in mid-1800s Britain, people in North America and western Europe have been eating chocolate in bars, pralines and pastilles. Now emerging markets — particularly in Asia — are driving a taste for lighter treats. Picture taken September 29, 2011.Reuters/Yves Herman

7. SWITZERLAND — Switzerland ranks in the top three countries for three separate Glassdoor indicators, but still can’t crack the top five on this list. The alpine nation got top marks for both the youth, and harmonised unemployment rates, as well as hitting a score of 0.8 for the change in its employment rate since 2007.

7. SWITZERLAND — Switzerland ranks in the top three countries for three separate Glassdoor indicators, but still can't crack the top five on this list. The alpine nation got top marks for both the youth, and harmonised unemployment rates, as well as hitting a score of 0.8 for the change in its employment rate since 2007.

Farmers and their children wearing traditional costumes drive their cows and goats during the annual Alpabzug near the eastern Swiss town of Urnaesch August 17, 2010. The cows and goats graze during the summer months on mountain pastures at the Schwaegalp mountain pass region at some 1300 metres (4300 feet) above sea level.Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

6. GERMANY — The German economy has seen a better rebound in the number of jobs since the financial crisis than any other country surveyed, according to Glassdoor. 2.8% more people are now in work than in Q4 of 2007. It also scored in the top three countries for harmonised unemployment rate, and the youth unemployment rate.

6. GERMANY — The German economy has seen a better rebound in the number of jobs since the financial crisis than any other country surveyed, according to Glassdoor. 2.8% more people are now in work than in Q4 of 2007. It also scored in the top three countries for harmonised unemployment rate, and the youth unemployment rate.

Workers of Volkswagen stand in front of a Porsche Boxter car in a production line at the Volkswagen plant in Osnabrueck, September 19, 2012. Porsche officially began production of its Boxster model at the VW plant in Osnabrueck today.Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

5. DENMARK — Just over 10% of Danish youths are unemployed, below the OECD average. This is reflected in a top three ranking, and a score of 0.8 in the youth unemployment category by Glassdoor. The Scandinavian state got above average scores in all but one indicator, the change in its employment rate since the financial crisis.

5. DENMARK — Just over 10% of Danish youths are unemployed, below the OECD average. This is reflected in a top three ranking, and a score of 0.8 in the youth unemployment category by Glassdoor. The Scandinavian state got above average scores in all but one indicator, the change in its employment rate since the financial crisis.

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4. AUSTRIA — Much of Austria’s high rank is thanks to it being one of only three countries surveyed to have more people in employment than prior to the financial crisis, although this number has risen by less than 1%.

4. AUSTRIA — Much of Austria's high rank is thanks to it being one of only three countries surveyed to have more people in employment than prior to the financial crisis, although this number has risen by less than 1%.

A steel worker cleans a block of steel at Voestalpine steel plant, which works in close co-operation with Austrian fireproof materials maker RHI, in Donawitz September 23, 2013. Picture taken September 23, 2013.Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader

3. UNITED KINGDOM — Britain ranks in the top three for both unemployment indicators surveyed, and receives an overall score of 0.8, putting it into the top three best countries in Europe to get a job. However, it is below average for the number of people working part time involuntarily.

3. UNITED KINGDOM — Britain ranks in the top three for both unemployment indicators surveyed, and receives an overall score of 0.8, putting it into the top three best countries in Europe to get a job. However, it is below average for the number of people working part time involuntarily.

Miners leave after working the final shift at Kellingley Colliery on its last day of operation in north Yorkshire, England, December 18, 2015. Kellingley is the last deep coal mine to close in England, bringing to an end centuries of coal mining in Britain.Reuters

2. NORWAY — Norway got an overall rank of 0.9 for the survey, tied with the top ranking nation, and ranked in the top three for four of six indicators. The country — which has been voted the world’s most prosperous by think tank, the Legatum Institute every year since 2009 — would be Europe’s best country to find employment if it didn’t have a relatively poor score, 0.6, for the change in its overall employment rate since 2007.

2. NORWAY — Norway got an overall rank of 0.9 for the survey, tied with the top ranking nation, and ranked in the top three for four of six indicators. The country — which has been voted the world's most prosperous by think tank, the Legatum Institute every year since 2009 — would be Europe's best country to find employment if it didn't have a relatively poor score, 0.6, for the change in its overall employment rate since 2007.

Oil workers are pictured as they work at the Oseberg oil field, in the North Sea, in this November 25, 2008 file photo. A strike in Norway’s oil sector is delaying the loading of Oseberg crude cargoes in July and preventing the release of an export scheduled for August until production restarts, trading sources said on July 5, 2012. The strike, which entered its second week on Sunday, initially shut down production at the Oseberg and Heidrun fields in the North Sea.Reuters/Norsk Telegrambyra

1. ESTONIA — It’s official (according to Glassdoor at least), Estonia is the best country in Europe to get a job. The tiny Baltic state, home to just 1.3 million people, got perfect scores for three indicators — temporary employment, temporary youth employment, and involuntary part-time work. Fewer than 3% of those in work in the country are in temporary employment, the best of any European country.

1. ESTONIA — It's official (according to Glassdoor at least), Estonia is the best country in Europe to get a job. The tiny Baltic state, home to just 1.3 million people, got perfect scores for three indicators — temporary employment, temporary youth employment, and involuntary part-time work. Fewer than 3% of those in work in the country are in temporary employment, the best of any European country.

Specialists work in the control center of the Estonian power distribution company “Elering” in Tallinn, Estonia, September 30, 2015. Baltic states are looking to synchronise their electricity grids with Nordic countries, away from Russia, in a move that has angered the Kremlin and could cost hundreds of millions of euros, government and energy officials said. Picture taken September 30, 2015.Reuters/Ints Kalnins

This story was originally published by Glassdoor.

 

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