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Working in Serbia

Serbian economy is currently upper-middle class, and on the rise. Major employers are telecommunication and accounting companies, with work in construction following closely.

Western companies setting up offices in Serbia actively seek out Western educated or experienced executives to work for them in Serbia. Many times they are not too demanding when it comes to qualifications. Best way to attract those companies is to create profiles on social networks using appropriate keywords, so when they search your profile pops up.

Workers in Serbia are suitably protected with well defined laws. There are forty working hours on average, in a week. Additional compensation is given, based on overtime work done at night, or on public holidays. Sick leave compensation is 65% of the worker’s salary.

Serb society is family oriented, and inquiring about the family is a good way to make new friends at the workplace. Eye contact shows you are sincere. Serbian business etiquette closely resembles that of Western societies. Office attire is conservative yet stylish. Dresses or blazers for women and suits and tie for men is the norm.

Tourism is an underdeveloped industry in Serbia, due to lack of strategically organized investments. Majority of the tourists are from neighbouring countries and tend to be backpackers. Most of the tourist attractions are limited to cities. This means opportunities for temporary employment are limited, but with an effort something may materialize. Annual events like Foam Fest, EXIT and Trumpet Festival are catching on and attract many visitors to the country, opening some short term job opportunities.

 

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