Croatia Needs Foreign Professionals to Fill in These Jobs: Are You One of Them?

Croatia is facing labour shortages in 30 occupations across the country, the 2023 EURES Report on shortages and surpluses has revealed.

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The most affected sectors include construction, skilled crafts and trades, food production, hospitality, and information technology, Schengen.News reports.

While labour shortages may affect the country’s economy, on the other hand, they imply work opportunities for foreigners wishing to settle in Croatia.

The recent report by the European Labour Authority, which analyzes shortages and surpluses across EU countries, identified 30 shortage occupations in Croatia, including:

  1. Building construction labourers
  2. Crane, hoist and related plant operators
  3. Heavy truck and lorry drivers
  4. Electronic mechanics and servicers
  5. Electrical line installers and repairers
  6. Electrical mechanics and fitters
  7. Building and related electricians
  8. Motor vehicle mechanics and repairers
  9. Metal working machine tool setters and operators
  10. Welders and flame cutters
  11. Painters and related workers
  12. Plumbers and pipe fitters
  13. Roofers
  14. Carpenters and joiners
  15. Stonemasons, stone cutters, splitters and carvers
  16. Bricklayers and related workers
  17. Waiters
  18. Chefs and related food preparers
  19. Systems administrators
  20. Applications programmers

In May 2024, Croatia Had More Job Openings Than Unemployed People

As of May 2024, Croatia registered more than 88,300 unemployed persons, the Croatian Employment Statistics (CES) has revealed. On the other hand, the number of job vacancies during this month accounted for nearly 125,000.

This means that even if the unemployed people could fill those job openings, there still would be some 36,700 vacancies unfulfilled.

However, the Croatian labour market policies, as outlined in a report by the European Commission, have been deemed ineffective in adequately addressing the needs and shortages within the labour market.

According to the same report, labour shortages in the final quarter of 2022 have surpassed pre-pandemic levels across all sectors and exceeded the averages observed in Europe.

There is a lack of alignment between active labour market policies and persistent shortages in the Croatian labour market. High levels of skills mismatches reflect low employment chances for medium-skilled and especially low-skilled workers.

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Jobs That Could Reduce Foreigners’ Chances of Securing Employment in Croatia

In addition to the shortage occupations, the EURES report has identified eight surplus occupations in Croatia, such as

  • Hotel receptionists
  • Secretaries (general)
  • General office clerks
  • Photographers
  • Economists
  • Environmental and occupational health and hygiene professionals
  • Graphic and multimedia designers
  • Product and garment designers

This implies that individuals looking for these jobs may face challenges in securing employment due to the competition.