During the Regional Labour Fair, the Serbian job site, Infostud, conducted a survey to determine the situation in the Serbian and regional labour market. The region’s partner employment sites MojPosao.ba, Vrabotuvanje.com.mk, MojPosao.hr and Deloglasnik.si also joined the study.
More than 5,000 people participated in the research, of which almost 2,000 from Serbia. Among the Serbian respondents, 40% are employed, 50% unemployed and 10% still go to school.
Interpersonal relationships are the most important thing when choosing a job. That is to say, as many as 63% of the survey respondents from Serbia chose interpersonal relationships as one of the most important factors in choosing an employer. In second place is the salary (62%) and the opportunity of professional development and career advancement (42%) is in the third place.
Regardless of which country the survey participants come from, good interpersonal relationships come first for all of them. Respondents from Croatia give this factor slightly more importance than respondents from other countries. Salary is somewhat more important for respondents from Serbia and North Macedonia than for those from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, who particularly appreciate the opportunity to learn and progress in the workplace.
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There are no great differences between men and women when choosing an employer. Women place more emphasis on good interpersonal relationships and men on salary. Working hours and job security are more important to women than to men.
Most of the survey participants from Serbia believe that knowledge and skills that are important to find a job today (28%), followed by motivation and desire to find a job (25%). Interestingly, only 7% of the interviewees think that luck is an important factor in getting a job while 6% think that being a member of a political party is crucial.
The priorities differ for everyone – employees say that earnings, the possibility of advancement and job security, for those who are currently unemployed, are important.
When it comes to expected average salary, respondents from Croatia have the highest expectations – on average over 1,100 euro. The lowest expectations are in Northern Macedonia, where the desired salary is 524 euro. Serbian respondents expect an average salary of 606 euro, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina 809 euro.
In Serbia, 29% of respondents say that the desired amount would be between 400-500 euro and 22% between 300 and 400 euro. Less than 5% of the candidates expect more than 1.000 euros.
Men have higher expectations than women in terms of salary – on average, they expect to get about 690 euro, while women expect 100 euro less, i.e. about 590 euro. Looking at the survey participants’ age, the younger ones have lower expectations, which is logical, because they have just entered the world of the workforce, while the older ones are a bit more demanding, expecting on average up to 100 euro more.
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