Ireland Loves Croatian Butchers

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Croatian butchers get ready to start a new life in Ireland.

Among many Croats who have recently moved to Ireland, there is a surprising number of Slavonian butchers. In Callan in Ireland, near the town of Kilkenny (better known for the brewery), Callan Bacon meat company is one of major employers of butchers. Among them, there are some 15 people from Osijek, reports Glas Slavonije on October 5, 2016.

They have proven to be diligent workers and that was the reason why the company recently came to Osijek to find additional employees. They are getting ready to open 130 new positions, and they have reserved 25 of them for Slavonian butchers. A testing session was recently organized in Osijek. However, since the ad about the testing was published on a national job vacancies website, candidates from other parts of Croatia also same to the Slavonian capital. Some came from as far as Zagreb and Varaždin, but the majority of candidates came from places closer to Osijek.

Importantly, the employment will be done directly with the company, and not through an employment agency which can sometimes bring unpleasant experiences. Three representatives of the company’s human resources department conducted interviews with candidates. Therefore, it was necessary to speak English, but also to have previous work experience in similar jobs.

Candidates said that the reasons for their possible move abroad was the same for everybody – the need to find a job or better salaries. Kristina from Darda last year graduated from high school and has been unsuccessfully looking for work ever since. Marija from Varaždin has a master’s degree in bioprocess engineering and has four colleagues who are already working in Ireland and are satisfied there. Ivan, Josip and Stjepan came together from Zagreb looking for a better job. Josip worked in Ireland before, but it was through an employment agency, and he said that it was not a good experience.

A middle-aged woman said she wanted to work and be able to save some money, which was not impossible in Croatia. There were rumours about net salaries of around 2,500 euros, plus overtime, which is duly registered and paid. And there is also the possibility of promotion to foreman, and possibly even managerial positions in the more distant future.

Candidates should receive their answers in a day or two, and the selected ones will sign contracts immediately, since they are scheduled to begin working in mid-October.


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