Slovenian Firms Hire More Foreign Workers, Most From Non-EU

By , 13 Jan 2018, 14:10 PM Business
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And most work in construction. 

January 13, 2018

Slovenian companies increasingly struggle with staff shortages, so many decide to hire workers from abroad, notes the STA in a report released January 13, 2018. The number of foreigners working in Slovenia has been rising steadily for a few years now. Most of them come from former Yugoslavian countries and work in construction.

There were 61,422 foreigners working in Slovenia in 2016, according to the Statistics Office. Most of them, 48,891, were from non-EU countries.

They mostly came from Bosnia and Herzegovina (28,998), followed by Serbia (7,127) and Croatia (5,870). More than 1,000 also came from Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.

Most of the foreigners worked in construction (15,514 persons), manufacturing (12,893) and in transportation and storage services (10,202).

In the first ten months of 2017, a total of 75,963 foreign workers were registered, 59,403 of whom were from non-EU countries, which is a record high.

The biggest increase in the number of foreigners working in Slovenia was recorded in 2007, when their number was up by 14,211 compared the year before.

In contrast, the biggest drop occurred in 2009, when the number of foreign workers decreased by 7,211 compared to the year before.

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