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Fleeing Ukraine: access to jobs

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Access to the job market

People with temporary protection should be able to engage in employed or self-employed activities, as well as vocational training and should also enjoy equal treatment with workers in the Member States, in terms of pay and other conditions. 

The Commission is: 

  • helping people arriving from Ukraine to acquire the necessary skills to enter the EU job market. Support can be funded through Cohesion Policy funding and the new Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE), as well as the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. This could include help such as language courses, counselling, or basic training. 
  • Language and basic digital skills can also be built up using the networks in the Pact for Skills to connect regional authorities, education organisations, and NGOs involved in supporting people who have fled Ukraine. 
  • The Commission has added the Ukrainian language to the EU Skills Profile Tool for third country nationals, to help Ukrainian job seekers and those who wish to continue their studies. 
  • The Commission has published a recommendation to facilitate the recognition of academic and professional qualifications obtained in Ukraine. This will make it easier for employers and training institutions to understand the skills of Ukrainians arriving to the EU. 
  • The European Training Foundation is supporting EU, national and Ukrainian authorities in comparison of the Ukrainian and European Qualifications Frameworks. It has set up a resource hub to help both Ukrainians seeking assistance in having their qualifications recognised, and others who need help in interpreting them. 
  • Public Employment Services will play a key role in active labour market policies to make use of the skills of the new arrivals, and act as matchmakers on the labour market. 
  • The Commission will also launch a web-based EU Talent Pool for displaced people from Ukraine to match skills with job vacancies.