The results of the “Most desirable employer in 2018” survey, conducted by the Poslovi.Infostud web portal show that the top ten most desirable employers in Serbia are Coca-Cola HBC-Serbia, Telenor, NIS A.D. , Nordeus, Microsoft Software d.o.o., Philip Morris Services Belgrade, Telekom Serbia, EPS, Lidl and Robert Bosch Belgrade.
The survey participants chose the most desirable employer on the basis of their opinion, as well as stated what makes a particular employer appealing, their salary expectations, and the type of company they would like to work for.
Compared to 2016, there have been some changes in the list. This year, there are only two public enterprises on it and no banks. When asked to rank what is the most important in an employer, 76% survey participants said good interpersonal relationships and a good working atmosphere, compared to 66% in 2016. The second most important thing is how the management treats employers, while salary is in the third place.
Privately owned companies are becoming increasingly popular because almost a half of the survey respondents chose them as the most desirable to work for this year. In 2016, this percentage stood at 39. About one-fifth of the respondents would like to work in state-owned companies, which is a decline compared to two years ago when such companies were the first choice for 27% of them.
There is also a decreased interest in work in private companies owned by Serbian citizens, with 17% saying, in 2016, they would like to work for them compared to this year’s 14%.
These results represent a significant change compared to 2012, when in a similar survey, the majority of participants opted for working in state-owned companies (almost two fifths), and only 27% chose a private company with a predominantly foreign capital.
The results of the survey also show that, two years ago, the average expected salary was 72,366 RSD, and this year the desired average salary is 80,000 RSD. This is somewhat expected, given the official data, which also records the growth of the average net salary in the country (in 2018, 50,048 RSD, and in 2016, 46,097 RSD).
This year, women require a lower salary (about 70,000 RSD), compared to men whose expected salary is about 88,800 RSD.
The survey participants with completed postgraduate studies expect an average salary of over 100,000 RSD, while those with an elementary school education expect an average salary of about 47,0000 RSD. The participants with the completed secondary school (who represent the highest percentage of the working population) expect a salary of 58,000 RSD.
Four out of five survey participants are contemplating leaving their current employers, and only one fifth of them are have no immediate intention of leaving. Compared to the previous survey from 2016, the number of those who want to change jobs rose from 73% to 81%.
Those employees who have been working for the same employer between 5 and 10 years are the most eager to change jobs, while those who have been working for the same employer less than a year are the most reluctant to change jobs.
Also, employees in state-owned companies, in as much as 85% of them, are contemplating changing jobs, while there are considerably fewer employees working in private, foreign-owned companies who are willing to leave their employer (about 65%).
The survey was conducted in the period from January to March 2018 and a total of 10,157 people participated.