HEADHUNTER BREACHED THE LAW ON COMPETITION
Its actions created obstacles for developers of applications aimed at interaction with databases
On 24 December 2019, FAS found that “Headhunter” Ltd. violated the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition”1.
The investigation was initiated upon a statement from an economic entity, developer of an automated personnel recruitment and selection service. Customers (employers, recruitment agencies) of this service face problems working with a job search - hh.ru (“Headhunter” Ltd.). Referring to its service use conditions, “Headhunter” started blocking employers that use third-party services for automated personnel recruitment and selection working with a job service, and instead offer its own service with similar functionalities.
“Headhunter” Ltd. has the dominant position on the market; it prevented interaction of third party services with its own database.
Investigating the antimonopoly case, FAS established that the company’s actions restricted access of economic entities, providing software for automated personnel selection, to the market of services enabling informational cooperation between applicants, employers and personnel agencies in internet information-and communications network and infringing the interests of an economic entity on the market2.
FAS issued an order on the antimonopoly case.
1 Clause 9 Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition”.
2 Clause 9 Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition” prohibits actions (omissions) of an economic entity that has the dominant market position, which result in preventing, restricting, eliminating competition and (or) infringing the interests of other persons (economic entities) in the field of business activity or consumers at large, particularly, creating obstacles for market entry or exit to other economic entities.