Serbia to start importing workforce from India, Pakistan and Turkey?

The problem of the lack of appropriate workforce in Serbia is in the focus of this year’s Kopaonik Business Forum, and the projections are that Serbia will soon have to import workers.

“There are two problems when it comes to the lack of workforce. We need both non-qualified and qualified workers. We fear that we will soon have to start importing workers from third countries like India, Pakistan and Turkey,” Dragan Pavelic, a director at Strabag, said at the “Infrastructure and Regional Connectivity” panel.

He added that, in civil engineering projects, Strabag still relied on local workforce capacities and that a bigger problem lies in the construction sector. Pavelic also underlined that the problem of the lack of educated workers, primarily engineers, was especially pronounced.

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“Highly qualified workforce is leaving for western countries and we are glad when they are finding employment with Strabag in Austria or Switzerland, but on the other hand, that weakens our position in Serbia. We can’t import that kind of workforce from third countries and that’s a problem,” Pavelic added.

Dubravka Negre, Head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Regional Representation for the Western Balkans, said that there should be a twofold approach to the problem.

“An influx of workforce is a sign of an advancing economy, but I believe that the state should be worried more about workers leaving,” Negre said during the panel discussion at the Kopaonik Business Forum.

(Bizinfo, 03.03.2020)

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