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Where are the available workers?

Sectors and occupations with a high unemployment rate are the following:

  • The manufacturing/processing industries: tailors, production-line workers, maintenance workers, electrical engineers;
  • Trade: salespersons, sales managers, sales associates, trade workers;
  • Accommodation and food service activities: chambermaids, cleaners, kitchen workers, chefs, sous-chefs, waiters, assistant waiters;
  • Repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles: mechanic;
  • Construction: civil engineering workers, packagers;
  • Public administration and defence: economists, economics assistants, lawyers, paralegals;
  • Administrative and support services: hairdresser, hotel and tourism clerk, administrative clerk; economist;
  • Hospitality and tourism: hospitality workers, administrative assistants, caregivers for the elderly and the disabled
  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries: agricultural workers, gardeners;
  • Transport and storage: truck drivers, light delivery vehicle drivers, warehouse workers, delivery persons, transportation workers and warehouse managers.

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Where are the available jobs?

Labour shortages by sector and occupation are greatest in the following activities:

  • The manufacturing/processing industries: sewing professional, locksmith, baker, CNC operator, butcher, mechanical engineering graduate, electrical engineering graduate, IT graduate, lathe operator; wood processing engineer, mechanic;
  • Construction: builders, welders, carpenters, joiners, plumbers, installers, painters, electricians, electrical engineers, heating and air conditioning system installers, construction workers, civil engineering workers, electricians;
  • Trade: salespersons;
  • Accommodation and hospitality activities: waiters, chefs, chambermaids, kitchen workers, sous-chefs, assistant waiters, receptionists and cleaners;
  • Education:pre-school teachers, elementary school teachers, teacher assistants;
  • Healthcare and social services: doctors of medicine, nurses, experienced medical technicians;
  • Transport and storage: freight vehicle driver, bus driver;
  • Aministrative and support services: hairdressers, clerks, caregivers for the elderly and the disabled.

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Short overview of the labour market:

Croatia is a medium-sized European country geographically located between central and south-east Europe.

The post-2000 period has been marked by economic development and growth; however, due to the financial crisis that hit Croatia towards the end of 2008, numerous Croatian enterprises undergoing restructuring lost their sustainable competitive advantages in a globalised environment in the four years that followed.

In the second quarter of 2018 the period of strong economic growth continued. The estimate shows that the quarterly GDP increased by 2.9% in the second quarter of 2018, as compared to the same quarter of 2017. It was the strongest expansion since the third quarter of 2017. The main contributor to growth was net trade, as exports jumped 5.6 percent while imports advanced slower at a 4.7 percent. On the other hand, output slowed for household consumption, fixed investment and government spending. Considering everything, seasonally adjusted quarterly GDP increased by 1.1% compared to the previous quarter and by 2.8% in real terms compared to the same quarter of 2017.

The highest absolute number of unemployed persons in June 2018, was registered in the County of Split-Dalmatia (21,925 or 15.8 per cent out of the total number in Croatia), in the City of Zagreb (18,706 or 13.5 per cent) and in the County of Osijek-Baranja (18,028 or 13.0 per cent), whereas the lowest one was registered in the County of Lika-Senj (1,726 or 1.2 per cent).

The highest number of unemployed were in accommodation and food services, the manufacturing/processing industries, public administration and defence and the wholesale and retail trade. Concerning the economic activities, the largest number of persons found jobs in: accommodation and food service activities wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, public administration and defence and administrative and support service activities.

The unemployment rate in the second half of 2018. was 8,8% according to the labour force survey.

Croatian companies with the highest recorded revenue are: Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d. Hrvatski telekom d.d. , Hep - operator distribucijskog sustava d.o.o. Autocesta rijeka zagreb d.d., Pliva hrvatska d.o.o., Valamar riviera d.d., Hrvatski operator prijenosnog sustava d.o.o. 

Croatia is statistically divided into two NUTS-2 regions: Continental Croatia and Adriatic Croatia.

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Hot jobs:

Top 10 of the most required occupations in Croatia

1.    Waiters    (ISCO 5131)
2.    Cleaners and helpers in offices, hotels and other establishments    (ISCO 9112)
3.    Cooks    (ISCO 5120)
4.    Travel consultants and clerks    (ISCO 4221)
5.    Print finishing and binding workers    (ISCO 7323)
6.    Travel guides    (ISCO 5113)
7.    Fitness and recreation instructors and program leaders    (ISCO 3423)
8.    Toolmakers and related workers    (ISCO 7222)
9.    Receptionists (general)    (ISCO 4226)
10.  Telephone switchboard operators    (ISCO 4223)

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