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Croatia is the epitome of drastic urbanization and a vast segment of diminishing rural population. It holds the position of being the 66th largest e-commerce market and has generated a revenue of USD 725 million in the previous year. The Croatian market has contributed to 26% of the worldwide market growth and has witnessed an exponential increase in revenues. With the emergence of new markets, plenty of job opportunities for the future are in the works. Existing markets are also leveling up their potential and have scope for further development. Most of the manual workforce includes fully employed, skillful people. However, some job markets in unfavorable demographic conditions are still in need of employees.

Overview of Croatia

Population: 3,996,595 people (2024)

GDP: 176.67 billion USD (2024 estimate)

Economic Overview

The economy of Croatia is developing at a fast pace. With the tertiary sector accounting for most of the GDP, Croatia has become a high-income, service-oriented economy. The GDP contracted by 8.4% in 2020.

Croatia is the 79th freest economy based on the 2021 Index, with an economic freedom score of 63.6. The economic scenario of Croatia is expected to elevate after the eradication of the prevailing pandemic when the grant of European funds increases.

As per the current trends in the country's economic success, poverty is estimated to reduce at a gradual rate in the upcoming years. However, the overall impact of the pandemic crisis and the low rate of savings among the poorer economic class could increase the time consumed in the process.

Croatia has witnessed the transition from a socialist economy to that of a capitalist economy. This transition has led to a decline in technological competencies and research activities since 1990.

Croatia is still fluctuating between the low and medium technological growth model due to limited investment in the Research and Innovations Field, particularly in the business sector. 

Economic liberalization declined market competition, European membership, and other benefits emerging from the downfall of socialism have not been able to bring about the expected economic progress anticipated during the transition to capitalism.

Market Size

Croatia's small market size contributes immensely to entire southeast Europe's economic and political stability. Due to its optimum geographic position, it is well-connected and accessible as a regional hub for several famous U.S. companies. However, Croatia has not been completely transformed into a market economy yet. The socialist mindset that still prevails has proved to hinder the path of maximum market utilization. Most Croatians earn from their government budget, social insurance, or public monopolies instead of companies' revenues functioning on market-based principles.

Here is a glimpse of the present labor market in Croatia:

Source: Eurostat


Croatia's most prominent and widely operating industries are machinery, equipment, shipbuilding, petrochemicals, electricity, electronics, wood and furniture, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, cement and construction, chemical and plastics, textiles, footwear, and leather production industries.

Croatia is also a notable producer in the field of energy and water supply. The tourism industry has become a major source of income for a large segment of the population.

Availability of different types of climates, relief, and soil conditions makes it possible to produce various agricultural products using arable land and industrial crops. These products find a huge market when exporting to countries like Italy, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Internet Speed

To advance the growth of a country, technology and modernization are vital. The internet aids in this development process by leaps and bounds, so it is an essential facet of any industry. Internet connectivity largely depends on the type of connection and location.

There are three mobile phone service providers in Croatia: HT, VIP, and Tele2. Tele2 has the greatest speed, up to 40Mbps.

Many internet service providers provide fixed connection types and offer packages of internet speeds between 4Mbps and 10Mbps. By Croatian law, everyone is entitled to an internet connection of at least 1Mbps.

Source: SpeedTest

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Cost of Living in Croatia

The expenses of living in any place differ mainly depending on the requirements and amenities a person needs. However, the cost of enjoying a comfortable living in Croatia is fairly high.

Categories Price/Month (in Croatian Kuna)
Accommodation with rent 1515.41-2651.98
Daily utilities 378.84-530.42
Food 227.31-303.11
Transport 378.84

Source: The Amerikanka

Thus, the average cost of living in Croatia sums to about 600 USD or 3860 kn per month.

Cost of Living in Dubrovnik

Categories Price/Month (in USD) Price/Month (in Croatian Kuna)
Fooding 16.52 104.83
Transportation 47.26 300.00
Basic Amenities (Electricity, Water, Internet) 234.97 1,491.45
Entertainment and Leisure 70.19 445.55
Living Costs 799.55 5,075.12

Cost of Living in Split

Categories Price/Mont (in USD) Price/Month (in Croatian Kuna)
Fooding 11.03 70.00
Transportation 45.69 290.00
Basic Amenities (Electricity, Water, Internet) 189.60 1,203.49
Entertainment and Leisure 39.98 253.77
Living Costs 498.47 3,164.04

Cost of Living in Zagreb

Categories Price/Mont (in USD) Price/Month (in Croatian Kuna)
Fooding 7.88 50.00
Transportation 56.72 360.00
Basic Amenities (Electricity, Water, Internet) 200.20 1,270.76
Entertainment and Leisure 43.54 276.40
Living Costs 564.50 3,583.19

Cost of Living in Rijeka

Categories Price/Mont (in USD) Price/Month (in Croatian Kuna)
Fooding 11.03 70.00
Transportation 44.11 280.00
Basic Amenities (Electricity, Water, Internet) 171.69 1,089.81
Entertainment and Leisure 43.32 275.00
Living Costs 395.39 2,509.75

Cost of Living in Osijek

Categories Price/Mont (in USD) Price/Month (in Croatian Kuna)
Fooding 6.30 40.00
Transportation 43.32 275.00
Basic Amenities (Electricity, Water, Internet) 166.61 1,057.58
Entertainment and Leisure 28.52 181.00
Living Costs 318.93 2,024.38

Source: Numbeo

Average Rent in Croatia

Accommodation Types Price/Month (in USD) Price/Month (in Croatian Kuna)
85 m2 (900 sq ft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 799.59 5,073
85 m2 (900 sq ft) furnished accommodation in normal area 682.80 4,332
45 m2 (480 sq ft) furnished studio in expensive area 541.57 3,436
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sq ft) furnished studio in normal area 508.31 3,225

Source: Expatistan

Salary Structure for Various Roles

The salary structure for a particular profession or job role might vary depending on several factors: years of work experience, prevailing market rates, and city location for the occupation. Below is a summary of the most sought job openings in the country and their average salaries:

Job Role Average Salary in USD (per month)
Hotel Managers 4285.34
IT Professionals 2373.66
Sales and Marketing Managers 2644.48
Doctors 5559.79
Retail Manager 2580.76
Logistics Professional 2644.48
Supply Chain Expert 4285.34
Chefs 1468.80

Talent in Croatia

Job roles in Croatia include essential professional roles in every possible sector of industrialization. Some of the most common professions in Croatia are listed below:

  • Admin
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Business
  • Childcare
  • Entertainment
  • Computer technology
  • Construction
  • Cruise Ships
  • Finance
  • HR/Recruitment
  • Hospitality
  • Holiday Resorts & Campsites
  • Hotel Industry
  • Photography & Videography
  • Restaurant/Food Service
  • Retail
  • Summer/Seasonal
  • Tourism/Travel
  • Training
  • Transportation

International and holiday companies also offer seasonal jobs in Croatia, like the following:

  • Sail Croatia offers jobs in marketing, videography, and photography during the summer.
  • Camp California hires international staff to work as summer camp counselors.

Top Skills City-wise and Occupation-wise

Job Cities Jobs
1. Dubrovnik

1. Hotel Managers

2. Hospitality Servants

3. Sales and Marketing Experts

4. Tourism Managers

2. Split

1. Chefs

2. Supply Chain Experts

3. Logistics and Transportation Engineers

4. IT Developer/Programmer Roles

3. Zagreb

1. Operations Executive

2. Program Delivery Lead

3. Retail Managers

4. Customer Services

4. Rijeka

1. Property Manager

2. Teaching and Research Assistant

3. Receptionist

4. Consultant BI - Supply Chain BI

5. Osijek

1. Doctors/Surgeons

2. Lawyers

3. Bank Managers

4. Marketing Directors

Employment Laws

The recruiter must consider the employment and labor laws to hire in Croatia as per the LABOUR ACT (No. 758/95). The country enforces employment and labor laws to guarantee the following protections to its employees:

  • The maximum number of hours an employee can work is 40 hours a week.
  • If they work overtime, it must not be more than 180 hours per year.
  • An employee should be permitted to take a break of 30 minutes for every 6 hours of work.
  • An employer must deliver a reason justifiable by law to resign from any employment opportunity they are connected with in any of the following ways:

            1. Providing a regular notice of termination

             2. Providing an extraordinary notice of termination.

  • Employees enjoy the right to obtain severance pay, except when there is an end to the contract signed due to any contractual reason.
  • The minimum amount of severance pay should not be less than one-third of the average monthly salary obtained three months before the end of the employment contract.
  • The maximum severance pay is equal to six average monthly salaries earned in three months before the resignation of the employment contract. The law, collective agreement, working regulations, or employment contract will generate more severance pay.
  • The employer must provide a reasonable cause to throw a permanent or temporary employment contract without maintaining the notice period. In case he fails to do so, the employment relationship will be terminated.
  • The minimum notice period is strictly prescribed and depends on the duration of the employment relationship with the same employer as follows:

             1. for less than one year of employment - 2 weeks

             2. for one year of employment- 1 month

             3. for two years of employment- 1 month and 2 weeks

             4. for five years of employment - 2 months

             5. for ten years of employment- 2 months and 2 weeks

             6. for twenty years of employment- 3 months

  • If a worker has been in office for twenty years under the same employer, the employer can increase the notice period by two weeks. It also depends on the employee's age. He must be at least 50 to receive two weeks of increment. If he is 55 or more, the tenure of the notice period gets increased by one month.
  • When the employment contract is suspended, if an employee does not abide by the obligations, the notice period can be decreased twice.
  • Employers must clearly explain the termination notice. The employer also needs to inform an established body about the reason for termination. The council may roll out a standpoint of the decision within eight days. In case of emergency, it can be curtailed to five days.

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