Working in Croatia



Croatians dubbed their country ‘The Beautiful’ and to further affirm that, National Geographic named it the most beautiful country in 2005. No wonder so many expats are finding their new home in this idyllic European nation.

Employment Opportunities

For an expat on the lookout for employment opportunities, the most convenient and comprehensive search for jobs in Croatia is through the worldwide web. Major job industries in the country include chemicals and plastics, machine tools, fabricated metal, electronics, pig iron and rolled steel products, aluminum, paper, wood products, construction materials, textiles, shipbuilding, petroleum and petroleum refining, food and beverages and the Croatian tourism industry. With Croatia's booming tourism industry, job openings are mostly found in resorts in Supetar, Bol, Mararska, Brela and Tucepi.

Other industries that offer employment are in environmental and social projects. Some expats also get to enjoy doing freelance work aside from having their businesses. Croatian business culture is mostly formal and conservative, although companies owned by locals who have been exposed to Western culture are a bit more liberal and open to new ideas.

Punctuality is always appreciated but not necessarily always observed by the Croatian hosts. Suit and tie and business attire are a norm as well as the handshake for greeting. One should address a new acquaintance with the title and surname unless otherwise permitted to use the person's first name.

Employment Facts

Presently, Croatia has an employment rate of 72.1% and a population of 4, 508, 347 inhabitants. The country's currency is called the Kuna, written with the initials HRK. The average monthly gross earning for a legally employed individual is 8,475 HRK while the minimum wage is set at 2814 HRK or 554.47 US Dollars. About 45.5% percent of the working age population is economically active, meaning they are either employed or have established businesses.

Finding employment is more than just skills and abilities; it also requires patience and determination. But once you are part of the Croatian labor force, it's double the joy to enjoy the fruits of your labor and the country's breathtaking landscapes.


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