Monday, 08 August 2022
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


MojPosao recently carried out a survey that involved 300 respondents in order to learn what is an average raise in Croatia as well as how often, to whom and for what reasons it is given.

According to the survey almost 70 percent of respondents advanced to a higher job position during their career, whilst 30 percent never advanced. Respondents with higher education advanced more often (78%) than respondents with secondary education (68%). Similarly, respondents with higher education asked for career advancement themselves more often (32%) than respondents with secondary education (21%). The vast majority of respondents (87%) advanced within the same company, whilst 29 percent of respondents obtained career advancement by starting a new job in other company.

In terms of gender, men and women are progressing equally; 73 percent of women and 72 percent of men progressed during their career. Among respondents who advanced within the same company, around 84 percent of them did not ask for advancement themselves but were offered one by an employer. Only 29 percent of respondents asked for career advancement themselves.

On the other hand, women are more likely to ask for promotion. The survey showed that almost 28 percent of women who progressed within a company asked for advancement themselves. As far as men are concerned, only 23 percent of them asked for advancement themselves. However, men were offered career promotion more often (77%) than women (72%).

In the case of starting work with a new employer, most respondents (40%) expected promotion after a year of work, whilst 28 percent of them expected to advance after two years. A fifth of respondents (21%) expected to advance after less than a year of work in a new company, whilst 7 percent of them did not expect to advance at all.

Interestingly, the survey data showed that almost 86 percent of respondents never refused a promotion. The rest of respondents explained that they refused a promotion due to small benefits in relation to responsibility and work that accompanied the promotion.

Moon River, the new video by the world famous duo 2Cellos takes their fans to Dubrovnik again, just after their Game of Thrones video. Filmed mostly in front of the Rector's Palace with ballerina silhouettes dancing all around and the well-known romantic theme from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, this video is quite enchanting and again a great success for Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic.

This track is from their newest album 'Score', made with the London Symphony Orchestra, and will be published on March 17th and is, just like Game of Thrones video, made by Darko Drinovac. 

Dubrovnik loves 2Cellos and 2Cellos love Dubrovnik – they just make a perfect combination.

Croatia is full of beauty and it's not easy to make lists of top places to visit. That's why we like when somebody else does it!

Youtube channel ''World top 10'' recently published a video with 10 best places to visit in Croatia. It's full of beautiful footages of Croatia and every place chosen to be on the list comes with few words of explanation.
Places that made it to the list are: Krka National Park, Zagreb, Korcula, Pula, Zadar, Rovinj, Split, Plitvice National Park, Hvar and at the first place... Dubrovnik!
Don't miss beautiful scenes filmed all around the country and maybe you'll get inspired for your next vacation.

The Croatian shipyard Brodotrogir stated on the 8th of February that the company laid the keel, thus launched the construction of an icebreaking tanker for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard from Finland.

The contract, worth 28 million Euros for the construction of a part of the ship was concluded in July 2016; the project is to be finished within a year.

The front section of the ship will be 167 metres long, 32,5 metres wide, 18 metres high with a draught of 11,7 metres, whilst a total load capacity of the ship will be 44,000 tons. On the otherhand, a shipyard in Finland will construct the rest of the icebreaker.

The ARC7 ice-class tankeris being built under the dual class Bureau Veritas and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

As far as the book of orders is concerned, the capacity of Brodotrogir shipyard is fully booked. Apart from the Arctic tanker – icebreaker for the Finish orderer, the company is equipping two tankers for the Viterlef Management Ltd company which are by the main characteristics very similar to Brodotrogir's chemical tankers.

The Croatian shipyard also states that there are possibilities for additional employment as well as for providing operations for other companies in Croatia engaged in the shipbuilding industry.

According to the latest data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS) in the first eleven months of 2016 Croatia's exports and imports grew in comparison to the previous year.

Therefore, exports amounted to almost 83.7 billion Kunas (an increase of 3.6 percent annually), whilst imports recorded an increase of 3.9 percent to nearly 134.7 billion Kunas.

The main trade partner of the country in the period between January and November 2016 was the European Union. Croatia exported 7.4 billion Euros of goods to the EU market or 5 percent more compared to the same period in 2015. However, the country imported almost twice as much i.e. nearly 14 billion Euros of goods or 5.6 percent more in comparison to 2015.

As far as the EU countries are concerned, the principal trade partners of Croatia were Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

Croatian exports to Germany increased by 10.4 percent and amounted to 1.3 billion Euros, whilst imports grew by 10.9 percent to 2.9 billion Euros.

The total of exports to Italy was 1.5 billion Euros or 7.2 percent annually, whilst imports increased by 2.9 percent to 2.28 billion Euros.

In the first eleven months of 2016 Croatia exported 1.4 billion Euros of goods to Slovenia or 8.8 percent more in comparison to 2015. Imports to this country grew by 8.6 percent to 1.9 billion Euros.

Apart from the EU, Croatia's main trade partners were the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) countries. Croatia exported 1.8 billion Euros of goods to this market, or 2.6 percent less, while imports increased by 12.8 percent to 1.05 billion Euros compared to the same period in 2015.

On the other hand, outside the EU market Croatia exported the most to Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1.01 billion Euros or 1.4 percent less in comparison to 2015.

On Tuesday the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold a special concert in the Marin Drzic Theatre.

At 7.00pm on Valentines Day the orchestra will be joined by the British conductor Colin Metters in what should be a magical evening. An evening of romance is planned with movie theme tunes, such as the music from Titanic, as well as Girl from Ipanema and Greensleves.

Entrance to the concert is free of charge however you will need to reserve your seat at the box-office of the theatre in advance and is organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. You can reserve your seat via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone +385 20 321 088

 Plakat 14 2 2017 Valentinovo

Vocal group Sebenico from Sibenik is currently touring in the USA and according to their Facebook page, really having a great time in New York. They made ''ad hoc'' performance in Times Square singing ''Ballad of Sibenik''. People walking by seemed quite interested by this surprise concert and caught a chance to film it.

This vocal group is quite young, made back in 2011 and already won quite a few rewards. Maybe this performance will make them well-known on the American market.

One of the most popular rock bands these days is coming to Croatia! Kings of Leon were presented as the big surprise of the INmusic festival.

- With great pride we announce the concert of one of the greatest and most wanted rock bands today, endlessly adored – Kings of Leon! INmusic #12 becomes a host of the so far biggest performance in the region, where Kings of Leon will be joined also sensational Arcade Fire, Alt-J, Kasabian, Mixhael Kiwanuka and many others – it's written on the official Facebook page of the festival.

This will be the first concert of Kings of Leon in Croatia and the news made their Croatian fans (and those in the region) excited. But they'll need to wait for the concert until June, when the festival is held.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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