Salary is still No 1 reason for choosing a job

Infostud job search website conducted a survey this year to determine the current situation in the Serbian and regional labour market.  

Close to 6,600 people participated in the research, of which more than 2,500 were from Serbia. 54% of the Serbian respondents were employed, 40% were unemployed and 6% were still studying.

Salary and good interpersonal relations in the first place

Although interpersonal relationships were the number one factor for choosing a job as last year’s inflation has obviously taken its toll, salary has become the most important factor (66% of respondents agreed). Good interpersonal relationships are still very important and are in second place with 64%.

In the third place is the opportunity to learn and advance (38%), working hours are in the fourth place (30%) while job security ranked fifth (21%).

Knowledge and motivation to work

Respondents were asked what was the most important factor for getting a job and most of them believe this to be knowledge and skills (31%), followed by their motivation and desire to work (22%). Previous work experience was highlighted by 16% of respondents, while 10% stated that it was good contacts and acquaintances.

Political affiliation was cited by 7% of respondents as a crucial factor for getting a job.

“In terms of our region, survey respondents from Slovenia see work experience as top priority while work motivation is crucial for Macedonians”, Infostud says.

The desired salary went up by EUR 140 from last year

In terms of the desired salary, the largest number of respondents from Serbia expect to receive a salary of at least EUR 1,000 EUR compared to last year’s EUR 860.

Only every fifth respondent received a raise this year (23%), while 11% of them had a salary increase to match inflation. On the other hand, half of the respondents did not receive a raise or expect one, while 16% predict that they will receive a raise by the year-end.

In 2022, people from Serbia (38%) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (34%) changed jobs the least, while Croats (44%) and Macedonians (43%) changed jobs the most during this period.

On the other hand, Serbs and Croats plan to change jobs next year (68% respectively), while Slovenians (17%) are least likely to do so.

(eKapija, 21.11.2023)

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