There are currently 622,000 registered unemployed persons in Serbia – says director of the National Employment Office, Zoran Martinovic.
Compared to last year’s numbers, this is a 9% decline, i.e. 55,000 fewer unemployed people. Martinovic also said that the current unemployment rate stood at 11.8%.
“We expect for the annual unemployment rate to further drop, even below the IMF’s forecast. The first and second quarter (of this year) show that the annual employment rate is probably going to be under 15%. We have also recorded a higher employment rate. In the first nine months of this year, 206,000 people have found jobs through the National Employment Office, which is a 2.4% hike relative to last year”, he adds.
He also says that IT professionals are most in demand, as are electronics engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, specialized doctors, financial experts, pharmacists, bookkeepers, accountants, chefs, bakers, construction workers and carpenters.
Also, quite a few unemployed people have expressed interest in participating in retraining programmes. Currently, the government is implementing a retraining programme for 900 IT professionals who are being trained to do more complex IT jobs.
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