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Vacancies up-for-grabs at Bulgarian Job Day
Beautifully situated on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, Burgas recently played host to a European Job Day for seasonal jobs within the hospitality sector. EURES Advisers from all corners of Europe brought no less than 220 vacancies that needed to be filled to the event.
With 25 degrees and sunny skies, the only indication that summer was coming to an end was the autumn leaves slowing falling to the ground. The winter season comes with employment challenges for eastern Bulgaria, summer tourism being the major employment sector. Therefore EURES, for a second time, invited jobseekers to meet EURES Advisers from Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Romania, Slovenia and Finland with the one thing in common: the need to recruit seasonal workers for winter resorts and establishments in their countries.
“In Voralberg, Austria, we have 13 000 seasonal jobs that needs to be filled every winter. I participated in this event last year and helped employers from my region to recruit 44 persons, who came to Austria for the winter season. This year I interviewed 265 jobseekers, and I am sure that many of them will be offered jobs in Austria. The ideal jobseeker for me has five to six years experience and speaks good German,” says Dietmar Müller, EURES Adviser in Austria.
The Bulgarian economy has started to recover from recession and in 2011 the gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 1.7 %, according to the national employment agency. But the growth was not strong enough to boost the employment figures significantly, with unemployment running at 12.5 % in August 2012, compared to 11.8 % at the end of 2011*. With jobs in short supply, pursuing a career in other parts of Europe is therefore of interest to many Bulgarian jobseekers. As a new Member State of the European Union, restrictions to the freedom of movement still applies in some countries, however in most cases this does not apply to seasonal workers**.
Prior to the event in Burgas, the EURES network in Bulgaria had sent targeted invitations and preselected 200 candidates with satisfactory language skills, and at the day of the event these candidates were given priority for interviews. “We have found this to be an effective concept, allowing both jobseekers and the EURES Advisers to have a more fruitful day, as we don’t want to have jobseekers travel for 8 hours, just to find that their English or German is not good enough,” says Elena Vidinska, EURES Adviser and one of the organisers behind the event. “And the positive message for those who aspire to move to another part of Europe is that we will do this again next year, so there’s time to study languages and try again,” concludes Elena.
** Seasonal work is defined as contracts below six months, followed by a break of three months.
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