A labour market survey was conducted in the Republika Srpska with the support of the EU
RS EMPLOYERS PLAN EMPLOYMENT DUE TO INCREASING VOLUME OF BUSINESS
(Banja Luka, June 7, 2021) The Employment Service of Republika Srpska has published information on developments in the labour market and employment needs in 2021. The information is the result of research conducted with the technical support of the project “Improving Labour Market Research” funded by the European Union. For the first time in eleven years, such a survey was conducted in the Republic of Srpska, and in December 2020, 978 employers were surveyed. The trend shows that in 2021, half of the surveyed employers will hire due to the planned increase in business. Among the occupations of higher education, economists and accountants are in the lead, as well as electrical engineers, construction and mechanical engineers, masters of pharmacy and, of course, programmers. In addition to official qualifications, other job seeker skills are important to employers.
Within the project, the Institute was provided with professional support in collecting and analyzing data, and in increasing the visibility of the results of all institutes. “Although the pandemic is still ongoing and is drastically affecting the economy, there is optimism among employers. More than 70 percent of them expect an increase in business volume, and most new jobs are expected in Bijeljina and Prijedor“, explained Dr Ranko Markuš.
The research itself provided insight not only into the movements on the labour market but also provided insight into the position of the employer, what is important to them and what their problems with the labour force are. While talking about problems with employing, in addition to the insufficient number of candidates and going abroad, employers pointed out the lack of the necessary qualifications, level of education, technical skills, or the necessary work experience. Research has also shown that employers feel that high school job seekers lack the necessary technical or job-specific skills.
Interestingly, employers in the survey also found that candidates often did not have the necessary skills related to personality, attitude, and behaviour, such as communication, interpersonal, stress, and time management. In addition to the fact that half of the surveyed employers are planning employment, a third of them have the opportunity to offer internships to pupils and students where they can acquire additional skills necessary for many occupations. In addition to personal contact, employers use employment offices in more than forty percent of cases when looking for new workers, which is why the Institute needs to improve its analytical capacity.
“Jobseekers often only look at which occupations are in demand at a given time, but such research indicates market trends, thus enabling the Institute to plan its activities in direct communication with employers to dynamize the labour market and overcome the barriers employers and job seekers are faced“, concluded Markuš.
Total value of the project «Improving Labour Market Research» is 1,282,500 EUR of European Union grants. The project is implemented by international consortium NIRAS, GOPA and Public Employment Service of Republic of France fom September 1, 2020 till September 1, 2022.