Croatian employers seek foreigners’ work permits quota to triple in 2018

The Croatian Employers Association (HUP) said in a statement on Friday that it proposes the annual quota for permits of foreign workers in the country to be set at 29,000 in 2018 as compared to some 9,000 in 2017. Such an increase would highly facilitate employment in high-expansion branches like tourism and construction, the HUP explains. The association wants the government to extend the already issued 9,000 permits, to add another 17,810 and to approve permits for 1,940 seasonal workers in tourism and agriculture (1,400 and 540, respectively). The HUP also says that the long-term solution to the problem would be a comprehensive education reform that will enable the labor force to meet the demands of employers. We note that EconMin Martina Dalic said on Friday that the government will adopt by Christmas a package of measures that will help tourism and other businesses to find more easily employees. We also note that the unemployment rate touched a low this year but could not cross the 10% line even if the vacancies were quite high. Thus, the government raised twice the quota for foreign working permits this year due to fears that the construction could not handle already started projects due to lack of skilled labor force.

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