Croatian hospitality businesses are looking to Serbia to fill much needed positions in tourism this summer. Estimates by the Serbian media suggest that between 2,500 and 3,000 Serbians will cross the border this summer to work in the cafes, restaurants and hotels along the Dalmatian coastline.
The tourism and hospitality industry of Croatia has been suffering from a lack of workforce for a few years and recently employers have been widening their search to include neighbouring countries. And this year they have started the search for seasonal workers much earlier than usual. According to reports newspapers adverts have already been published in Serbian publications offering seasonal jobs.
Between 2,500 and 3,000 Serbian waiters, cooks, cleaners and drivers could well be working along the Dalmatian coast this summer and the newspaper ads already published suggest that their salary will be at least 1,000 Euros a month.