More than sixty percent of Croatia’s GDP comes from its tourism industry. Other industrial sectors are composed of manufacture of chemicals, plastics, electronics, steel merchandise, and aluminum. Despite this the rate of unemployment is high. This coupled with the fact that Croatia has superior educational standards and vocational training means there are very few jobs available for foreign workers.
Tourism industry is ever growing in Croatia and there is an abundance of tourist resorts. This allows for some job opportunities in hospitality sectors and watersports. While Croatian proprietors have no issues working with foreigners, they do need to justify why a foreigner is more suited for a certain job as opposed to a local applicant. Furthermore, there are annual work permit quotas for each job category. This further limits job options available to foreigners. Quotas exist in construction, tourism hospitality, manufacturing and agriculture to name just a few. When a quota of a given category is full, no more hiring can be done until the following year.
The difficulty in landing a job in Croatia is further aggravated by the fact that knowledge of Croatian language is mandatory. While some companies may have jobs requiring only English, many people speak English and German. This makes for tough competition. The chances of landing a job improve if one has working knowledge of the local language.
Employment in Croatia requires a business or a work permit. The permit is issued by the Ministry of Interior after a request is made by the employer. The permit is valid for a specific amount of time, but not more than two years.