The Croatian government has increased the quota of work permits for foreigners for this year by 2000 for tourism and the restaurant industries, and by 1000 for the construction industry.
The additional quotas can be used under the condition that within the Croatian Employment Bureau registry, there are no available workers for a desired vocation. The annual quota for seasonal work was also determined and amounts to 8340 permits, instead of the 6540 until now, of which 6800 will go to seasonal work in tourism and the restaurant industry and 1540 will go to agriculture and forestry.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that a logical decision is in question, after the government did everything to engage domestic workers and unemployed citizens, and thus allow the unemployed to return to the work market.
“We have come to a situation where unemployment is at a record low, we are at seven percent. At this moment the latest data shows that we have 111000 unemployed people in Croatia. That is the lowest number that I remember us having in I don't know how many years. Naturally during the season that number is additionally decreased. I expect that with today's decisions we will resolve these demands from the tourism sector and naturally enable a good functioning for the season,” said Prime Minister Plenković.
Minister of work and the labor system Marko Pavić noted that preparations for the tourist season began last year and that 20000 workers have been connected with employers, jobs have been secured for them during the season and a quota of more than 65000 workers from foreign countries was determined.
“What I can say is that the Employment Bureau is much more proactive in offering jobs and in intermediation. As we can see in the last week the system of intermediation functions well, and through contacts I have with the Croatian Employers Association, the Croatian Chamber of Economy, the Chamber of Crafts and Trades, and with individual employers, it is evident we are providing them with a work force. Quotas are the last line of defence, we want to employ domestic workers, we want salaries to increase during the mandate of this government and the average salary has increased by 730 kuna,” said Minister Pavić.
Minister Pavić announced a discontinuation of quotas next year and employers will first have to turn to the domestic work market and the Croatian Employment Bureau, and pay those workers respectfully. Pavić added that almost three quarters of companies that requested permits for foreigners did not have ads at the Croatian Employment Bureau.