Good News as Croatian Labour Market Revival Stronger Than Ever

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, during the first quarter of 2022, more than 24,000 job advertisements were published on the MojPosao/MyJob portal, which represents a growth of as much as 33 percent when compared to the first quarter of last year and growth of 32 percent when compared to the first quarter of pandemic-dominated 2020. Compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to the demand for labour recorded back then, this year, 11 percent more ads looking for employees were published.

Therefore, the MojPosao portal can safely conclude that the Croatian labour market has well and truly recovered from the consequences of the crisis caused by the emergence of the novel coronavirus which resulted in a global pandemic and that the demand for workers across the Republic of Croatia has never been higher.

In human resources and tourism, more workers are needed

Compared to last year, the highest growth in labour demand was recorded in the following sectors: Human resources, where as many as 137 percent more job advertisements were published than in the same period last year, then in Tourism and hospitality (+ 135 percent) and Warehousing and logistics (+ 112 percent).

Last year, a partial lockdown owing to the pandemic lasted until about March and companies hiring seasonal workers were very late in finding and hiring workers for the summer tourist season.

Compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019, this year, Croatia recorded the highest growth in the categories: Human resources (+ 63 percent), Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (+ 55 percent), Warehousing and logistics (+ 53 percent) and Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology (+ 53 percent).

Waiters are still the most sought after workers in Croatia, and in second place come merchants, followed by chefs, warehouse workers, drivers and developers. According to the OVI index from March 2022, the demand for labour is 33 percent higher than it was back during March 2021 and 65 and 27 percent higher than in March 2020 and even March 2019.

The most sought-after occupations in March this year were salesmen, chefs, waiters, warehous workers and drivers. 44 percent of job ads offered a permanent contract, while 43 percent of those ads offered a fixed-term contract. About 1.8 percent of job advertisements mentioned the possibility of working from home, while 3.2 percent of advertisements were aimed at retirees.

For more on the Croatian labour market and working in Croatia, make sure to check out our lifestyle section.


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