How to Recruit in Croatia4 min read

Cara Moore / November 7, 2017
Category : International recruitment, Recruitment
Caption: How to Recruit in Croatia4 min read

Croatia has a lot to offer recruiters and jobseekers alike. Its diverse, vibrant towns and cities attract tourists year round, be this to the Mediterranean sun-soaked island of Split or the up-and-coming ski resorts in the Dinaric Alps. Despite its slightly more difficult current job market, there is no reason to not consider Croatia in your next international recruitment campaign. Let us tell you why to recruit in Croatia!

Background

Croatia is located in an area called the Balkan Peninsula. This is in Central Southern Europe on the Adriatic sea, and it borders Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has an extensive coastline and over a thousand islands.

Historically, it was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, gaining its independence in 1991. The Croatian economy suffered badly during the time of the Croatian war of independence, but continued to make a notable and fast recovery up until the 2008 financial crisis. Croatia also became a member of the European Union in 2011, allowing it access to free movement for workers; as well as NATO in 2009.

The country currently has a population of around 4.15 million people, a per-capita GDP of $24,050 and a “very high” HDI.

Current state of the job market

Croatia has a relatively high unemployment rate of 10.8%, but has recently been undergoing a period of strong economic growth, suggesting better things may be just around the corner.

The country’s most prominent industries are chemicals and plastics, machine tools, fabricated metal and electronics, as well as tourism. Tourism is a notable source of income and especially a major industry during the summer months. It accounts for 20% of GDP in major cities and coastal destinations.

Although the job market is not particularly promising right now for expats looking to work in Croatia, recruiters may have more luck. The working population in the country is known for having strong English and German-speaking skills and reportedly over 80% of employees would consider or be willing to work abroad, which represents an attractive talent community.

If your company is relocating to Croatia, it’s worth mentioning that seasonal work is a big part of the Croatian economy, so many rely on short-term work to get by. Recruiters should find a way to use that information to their advantage.

Visa/ permits needed

Croatia’s recent European Union membership means that EU citizens can work in the country without the need for a visa. However, there may be some restrictions for countries that have restrictions on Croatian workers.

For workers from outside the EU, a work or business permit must be obtained. There is a quota for how many of these can be issued, meaning there is a limited number available. Once the limit is reached it can be very difficult to get a permit issued.

In addition, work as an expatriate in Croatia can be difficult to find. The high levels of unemployment and restrictions regarding hiring foreign nationals make this a tough situation for foreigners, aside from those looking to teach English or work as editors, proof-readers or university lecturers.

According to local experience, word of mouth is an important tool in Croatia in terms of job seeking. Making local contacts is important and can lead you to much more promising opportunities. Contacting businesses proactively is also generally well-received.

Keep in mind too that international businesses often pay more than local businesses, so consider joining a multinational company, or transferring to a Croatian branch of your company if this is an option.

If you are setting up a new company in Croatia, then you will need to apply for an OIB (osobni identifikacijski broj), which is kind of like a social security number.

Restrictions

The average salary for a worker in Croatia is around 700 euros per month, while minimum wage is a monthly average of 442 euros.

In terms of working hours, Croatian employees officially have a 40-hour work week, 48 hours per week with overtime. All workers are legally entitled to a minimum of 28 days in paid annual leave too.

In order to kick-start your recruitment campaign in Croatia, why not have a look at these job boards?

Jobboard Finder’s top picks for Croatia:

MojPosao

Posao

CareerJet

 

For both employers and job seekers, Jobboard Finder is the first decision-making tool for recruitment campaigns and job searches. By gathering tools and services that recruiters can use to search and compare employment websites from all over the world to find the best job search sites, it really is the best solution for recruitment needs. Today recruiters can also purchase job advertisements for the media they have selected and manage their postings directly from our unique platform. Then they can rate and review the job boards they have used in the past for our community of professionals to see.

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Author: Cara Moore

50 thoughts on “How to Recruit in Croatia4 min read

  1. Hi ,
    Good Morning!!

    I need your help and suggestion for IT job opportunities.

    I am actively seeking Sr. IT position (like IT Infra Architect, IT Manager, Infrastructure Service Delivery, IT Operation) in any location in Croatia or EU. Currently working at IBM as an IT Infrastructure Solution Architect, in India but, I am ready to relocate with a two months notice.
    Your help in this regard is highly appreciable.

    Thanking you,
    Kind regards
    Debashish Roy

      1. Hi Fabien,

        We are a recruiting agency from Nepal.We supply skilled,semi skilled and non skilled man force.So if there is any suitable requirement, please let us know.

        I am looking for your reply.

        Thank You
        Sunita

  2. Hi,

    We’re a company who are looking for employees in the technical industry. The best is when someone has been working in a shipbuilding company. We’re especially looking for plumbers, welders, pipe fitters, channel fitters and any other kind of mechanics. What is the best site or place to look for these future employees?

    We’re a company from the Netherlands.

    Best regards,
    Joost Hopman

  3. Hi,

    We are an Irish precision engineering company looking for people skilled in precision welding and polishing.

    Can you help?

    Regards,

    Rob Sheehan

  4. Hi,

    We are an Irish Construction recruitment agency and we are looking for construction professionals interested in working in Ireland. We are particularly interested in land surveyors, setting-out engineers, site engineers and civil site engineers.

    Can you help?

    Kind regards,
    Declan

  5. Hello,

    We are looking recruit for a number of Class 1 HGV drivers to be based in the UK. Can you have someone get in touch please?

    Thx Rachel

    1. Dear Rachel,
      Thanks for your comment. I know just who can help with that! :) I’ll give him your contact details so that he can contact you tomorrow ;)

  6. Good afternoon,

    We are looking recruit a number of bus drivers to be based in the UK – London.
    Would it be possible to get in touch with someone who might help?

    Thank you very much.

    Betty Maderova

  7. Hi,

    Me and my friends are looking for seasonal work visa for Croatia or other European countries .We are from India so wanted to know if European employers use to take non European countries nationals

    1. Dear Puneet, Thanks for your comment. :) It really depends on the work you would like. As long as you have a working visa (which has nothing to do with the employer) you can find work in European countries. It’s important to remember that language is a key part of any job. If you do not speak the local language, you will struggle to find work (even if some European countries aren’t as demanding as others). I hope that helps!

  8. hi
    we are looking to recruit a number of hgv drivers for uk work
    would it be possible to contact someone that could help
    regards
    G QUINN TRANSPORT

  9. I am looking to recruit upwards of 1,000 construction workers to work in Ireland on a massive project coming up in 2020.

    Where could I find help for such large numbers?

    Kind Regards,
    Linda

  10. Hello,
    We are looking at opening a branch office in Croatia as we are in need of lots of workers ranging from builders, electricians, drivers, nurses, industrial workers and many others for work in Skandinavia.

    Does anybody have any idea how to find such workers?

    1. I will open recruiting agency soon, perhaps we could discuss some form of cooperation.

      Contact me at dalibor ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com.

  11. Dear Sir/Madam

    Greetings from Kathmandu,Nepal, Aamidaba Buddha Manpower P.Ltd

    We are reputed manpower recruiting agency in Nepal established in 2001 A.D named Aamidaba Buddha Manpower P.Ltd located in center Kathmandu. You can check our company profile http://www.aamidaba.com. We have been in this field for almost 19 years and have been providing workers for Gulf countries. The major objectives of our company is to providing all kind of Nepalese Candidates (Skilled- Unskilled-Semi Skilled, / Labor & Trades, Male & Female) for country according to demand as per your requirements.

    As past 11 months, Nepalese workers were not allowed to deploy in Malaysia for employment which was great loss for our business. Finally, we are glad to announce that Nepal Government has permitted Nepalese worker to work in Singapore along with Malaysia as well and we are grateful to be able to serve you by providing you our Nepalese Manpower as per your requirement.It would be great opportunity if we could collaborate with your company and work further. We promise you, we won’t let you down at all and provide you the best service.

    We can currently provide you the

    Construction Staff –

    (Factory worker /Carpenter /Plumber /Mason /Electrician /Rigger /Welder /Security Guard /Mechanic /Driver /Supervisor etc ) and

    HospitalityStaff-

    (Male/FemaleGeneralLabor/Cleaner/Cook/Waiter/Waitress/Barista/Captain/Cashier/Butcher/StoreKeeper/Chef/SaladMaker/Pastry Baker/Chapatti Maker/JuiceMaker/Tea Boy/Room Boy/Bell Boy/Steward etc.)

    We can immediate able to provide you mentioned profession staff as per your request.

    For any other inquiries and details please feel free to contact us with given below number and email.

    Thank you very much and waiting for your positive response ASAP

  12. Dear Sir/ Madam

    Please help me , or give me a contact where I could receive a correct answer .
    I would like to know which is the legislation regarding recruitment and hiring people from EU in your country .
    Is any forbidden regulation in direct recruitment from employer in Croatia to a worker in EU ?
    I am informed that you have Consultancy agencies and Recruitment agencies that must both be the parties involved in helping employer to hire .
    I would like to provide workers in Croatia and I don’t know if these information are correct or not .
    If these informations are correct I must cooperate with a Recruitment agency or with a Consultancy agency to provide workers ?

    Thank you in advance for your reply

  13. Hello,

    Recently we had some workers from Croatia, which we are very satisfied of.

    We are searching for:

    Electricians (Medium Skilled till Technicians) (English language required, also a drivers license and car is preffered)
    Welders
    Iron workers

    Can someone contact me to help me set up a recruitment line from Croatia to Holland? we work on recruiter fee based, so for every hour they work the recruitment agency gets 1 euro. This up to 12 months.

    I hope to get in touch asap.

  14. Hi,

    I am working with medical equipment company in India. I have more than 8 years of experience in sales and marketing. I have qualification of masters ELECTRONICS engineer. I am looking for Job in Croatia. Please help in finding one.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Sandeep

  15. Hi Ali,
    Greetings from Ireland. Our company Redlough Landscapes are seeking to recruit experienced landscape workers ( 8-10No) in both hard and soft landscaping. The work is seasonal (March- Sept) and also from (Nov – February). Ideally come as a 2 or 3 man team for the season. We provide travel assistance and low cost accommodation. Let me know if you can help.

  16. Hi,

    Within short we are looking to recruit technical engineers, building technicians and IT developers to the real estate market in Scandinavia.
    Would it be possible to get in touch with someone who might help?

    Thanks so much,
    Eva

  17. hi ali neill…we are looking a any kind of labour work in croatia,,,we have a big quantity as alabour from india ,bangladesh, please send me any company contact or consultant who provide workpermit fr alabour advnace thanks,,,alikm

  18. Hi,
    We are a leading manpower recruitment company with over 40 years in business providing labor to Gulf Countries. We would like to start providing labor in all departments(Construction, Tourism and Hospitality, etc industries)to Croatian companies at very competitive rates and generous job finder incentives. Please let me know who we can contact to begin this process.

  19. Hello

    We are a leading manpower recruitment company with over 40 years in business providing labor to Gulf Countries. We would like to start providing labor in all departments(Construction, Tourism and Hospitality, etc industries)to Croatian companies at very competitive rates and generous job finder incentives. Please let me know who we can contact to begin this process.

    Regards
    Abdul Baten Sumon

  20. Hi Sir/Madam How are you? Hope you are all fine We have All Kind Of Labour Steel Fixers,Bar Bender,welders,Electricians,Tailors,Aluminium glass fitter,messan,tile fixers We will provide any labour you want and we also have men power we have MP travel agency in Bangladesh Plz Tell me How can we do Looking forward to your replyThank you very much

  21. Hi,

    We are a recruiting agency in India (Punjab) .We supply skilled,semi skilled and non skilled man force

    So if there is any suitable requirement, please let us know.

    I am looking for your reply.

    Thank You
    Sunita

  22. We are a recruiting agency in India .

    We supply skilled,semi skilled and non skilled man force.

    So if there is any suitable requirement, please let us know.

    I am looking for your reply.

    Regards,
    Amit

  23. To get job in Croatia you need to apply from your country and then need to come here for final working although Croatia is very good place to live most of tourists comes here daily for visiting as lots of places are there which makes its good place.

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