The demographic has had numerous repercussions on Croatian society as a whole, and a lack of adequate or qualified labour force for Croatian employers is perhaps the most hard hit sector of them all. But just how is the tourism sector doing?
The paradoxical society which somehow manages to exist despite all and any circumstance in Croatia is that there is no work for a lot of people, while on the other hand there is a lot of work on offer but nobody to actually do it.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 5th of January, 2019, from November 2018 to February 2019, HZZ is conducting a survey among Croatia’s unemployed population on their intentions and their readiness to work along the coast in various tourist destinations.
Croatian employers, more specifically hoteliers from numerous tourist resorts up and down the Croatian coast are searching out potential seasonal staff from continental Croatia earlier and earlier with each passing year, with their sights set on the overlooked eastern Croatia in particular. Thus, HZZ’s Vinkovci-based regional office has already organised as many as eight employer visits for the purpose of seeking seasonal workers for 2019’s upcoming tourist season this summer.
In order to better respond to the demands of Croatian employers and to better coordinate the job supply with the demand, HZZ’s aforementioned survey focused primarily on how Croatia’s unemployed population feel about working on the coast should the opportunity be offered to them.
The day of jobs in tourism for the Slavonian counties is set to be held on January the 18th in Osijek, and HZZ’s Vinkovci branch office is organising transport on the day for all those interested, Glas Slavonije writes.
As of now, it is unofficially known that Croatian employers are willing to offer higher salaries, raising them by 10 to 20 percent for chefs, waiters and confectioners, with almost all potential job offers including not only free accommodation, but free food for the duration of the work too.
In the past year, from January to September, the most sought after were employees chefs, assistant chefs, waiters, cleaners, receptionists, people to work in shops, and other occupations in the area of accommodation and food preparation and service, as well as the wholesale and retail trade.
In that period, there was a pressing need for 23,652 seasonal workers in Croatia, and a little less, 22,144, were actually employed during that time, which indicates that Croatia’s lack of seasonal workers is not significant or particularly worrying, yet.
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