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Dr Sandra Tinaj and Dr Milica Vukotić, University Of Donja Gorica

Education Is At A Major Turning Point! UDG Offers A Unique Educational Model

The University of Donja Gorica (UDG) is dedicated to its students and training them for both their professional advancement and to be a responsible...

Dragoljub Milinković, CEO, Veterinarski zavod Subotica

New Laboratory For A New Age

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TotalEnergies Marketing Serbia

Planting Seedlings Of Care For The Environment

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Radisav Osmajlić, Director For Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, WTW

Every Risk Is A New Opportunity

WTW operates in 140 countries and is a global leader in people, risk and capital management consulting. In Serbia, it focuses on risk management...

Philanthropy

The Harp Talent

Founded in 2003 as a non-profit action tank, Multikultivator connects with institutions and individuals from around the globe to produce concerts, festivals, educational music...

Miloš Turinski, PR Manager, Infostud

Unemployment Is A Thing Of The Past

The labour market has shortages in two directions. The first is certainly the it field, while the second encompasses semi-skilled occupations where the workers required for many positions are virtually non-existent. And this has led to the importing of labour, primarily from Asia and Africa. This situation is currently most noticeable when it comes to delivery services.

Over the past 10 years, under the influence of digitalisation, Serbia’s labour market has changed rapidly. Various situations and trends, but also new generations, impacted on the emergence of new occupations, but also the slow “die out” of old occupations. The situation with the pandemic has accelerated the digitalisation process even further, thus imposing mandatory qualifications that candidates are expected to possess, such as basic digital literacy.

On the other hand, the labour market that used to have a high level of unemployment now has shortages in two directions. The first is certainly the IT field, which has had a problem with personnel shortages for years, particularly mid-level and senior personnel, while the second direction encompasses semi-skilled occupations, such as crafts, where the workers required for many positions are virtually non-existent. Here we are mostly talking about construction and hospitality professions, but also jobs like car mechanics, plumbers, hairdressers and even warehouse workers.

A devastating statistic is that as many as 83% of respondents in a joint undpinfostud survey are considering moving abroad, though the positive aspect of this story is that only 23% of them are actively working on doing so

Such a situation has started leading employers to import labour, primarily from Asia and Africa, in order to meet their staffing needs. This situation is currently most noticeable when it comes to delivery services. In parallel with this, the IT industry is also turning to foreign countries in response to its inability to identify high-quality personnel (most commonly senior staff), so in recent years there has been ever more discussion of digital nomads as a potential solution. According to research conducted by the Digital Serbia Initiative, although Belgrade tops the list of European cities where digital nomads stay, it is necessary to work on creating better conditions to entice as many digital nomads as possible.

When it comes to circular migration, research conducted earlier this year by UNDP and Infostud, via a survey and analysis of job advertisements, yielded the devastating statistic that as many as 83% of respondents are considering moving abroad, though the positive aspect of this story is that only 23% of them are actively working on doing so. On the other hand, something that we can still see as a positive aspect is that young people stressed that they would only go abroad to study, after which they would return to apply all the knowledge they’ve acquired on our market. Most of those who would leave the country permanently are people who are already active on the Serbian labour market and have amassed more than 10 years of work experience.

Comment By Zoran Panović

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Branimir Jovanović, Economist, The Vienna Institute For International Economic Studies

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Bojan Stanić, Sector For Strategic Analysis and Internationalisation At The Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Of Serbia (CCIS)

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Gert Rabbow, Executive Director Of The German-Serbian Chamber Of Commerce - AHK Serbien

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Ethiopians Feisa And Tzekole Are Winners Of The Belgrade Marathon

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Ethiopians Feisa And Tzekole Are Winners Of The Belgrade Marathon

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Kosovo Officially Submits Application For Membership In The Council Of Europe

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