Over 91.000 applications were registered for ads in the ‘Tourism and Catering’ category, which is 10% more than last year, according to data from the MojPosao.net portal.As part of the traditional campaign ‘Jobs in Tourism’, which aims to speed up and facilitate the finding of seasonal workers, in the period from 1 January to 30 September on the portal MojPosao published over 6.500 jobs in the category ‘Tourism and Hospitality’, which in relation for the same period last year represents an increase in the number of ads of 27%.Ads for the category ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ accounted for 21% of the total number of ads on the MojPosao portal, while the database of resumes for tourism contains almost 93.000 resumes, and this year alone 5.300 new profiles were opened in that category. “Employment in tourism and hospitality this season has peaked in terms of the inability to find a sufficient number of skilled labor. It is further complicated by the fact that employers have to find workers in a very short period of time, and the job interview for candidates is a big financial burden. In order to make it easier for both of us, in February this year we held the first Virtual Job Fair in Tourism, and we will hold it in February 2018. In this way, we make information available 24 hours a day, and employers can communicate with candidates quickly and easily via chat and video chat, which saves selection time and travel costs for candidates. ” points out Igor Žonja, director of MojPosao.The most sought after professions are waiter / bartenderThe most sought-after occupations in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category were: waiter / bartender, chef, kitchen helper, maid / maid, assistant chef and receptionist. Over 91.000 applications were registered for ads in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category, which is 10% more than last year. Of the profiles, most of them in the CV database are interested in the job of receptionist, waiter, employee in a travel agency, employee on reservations and the job of a maid.Of the total number of published jobs in the category ‘Tourism and Hospitality’, half of the ads (51%) referred to coastal counties.Most advertised positions, except for Zagreb and Zagreb County (29%), were for work in the Split-Dalmatia County (14%) and Istria County (12%). They are followed by Primorsko-goranska with 10%, Dubrovačko-neretvanska with 7%, Zadarska with 5% and Šibensko-kninska with only 3% of ads. Among the cities on the coast this year, the most job positions were advertised in Split (4% of the total number of ads in tourism) and Dubrovnik (3% of published ads). 2% of advertisements were published for Poreč, as well as for work in Pula.Qualifications requiredRegarding the qualifications required for employment in tourism, the majority of advertisements (43%) required minimally qualified workers; in 32% of advertisements a minimum secondary education was required, and only in 2% of advertisements a minimum university degree was required. In 54% of competitions, work experience is not listed as a condition. In advertisements asking for experience (46% of them), it took an average of one year and ten months of work experience. That’s slightly less than last year when experience was required in 55% of ads and it took 2 years of experience.Knowledge of foreign languages was required in 37% of ads. Knowledge of English was required the most – in 35% of advertisements, while in 12% of advertisements knowledge of German was required, and in 6% knowledge of Italian. As many as 84% of employees have at least a basic knowledge of English in their profile, while 41% of them have this knowledge of at least basic German.Computer skills were required in only 13% of ads, as last year. This year, part-time work was offered in 61% of advertisements in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category, which is slightly less than last year when 71% of advertisements sought a part-time worker. At the same time, 45% of advertisements offered permanent employment, which is more than last year, and 23% of advertisements were for part-time or seasonal workers. On the other hand, only 49% of employees were interested in part-time work, while 68% of them would work indefinitely. 24% of employees are ready for seasonal work, as well as for part-time work (24%), while 8% of them were looking for student work. “An even more demanding 2018 awaits us, where the needs of employers will be even greater, and the number of employees will be smaller and smaller. Employers, use the tools we have prepared for you and improve working conditions. We ask the government to increase quotas for the import of workers, as a short-term measure, and to check the real situation at the CES with ‘compulsory’ education and retraining. Employees, accept education, only in this way can the future of all of us be better”, Concludes Žonja.Salaries in tourism lower than averageSalaries in tourism are among the lowest paid occupations. On average, wages in tourism are 22% lower than the average, so much for the solution of seasonal workers in tourism.Of the most sought-after occupations in tourism, chefs (HRK 4.863) and receptionists (HRK 4.213) have the highest salaries. The average salary of a waiter is 3.992 kuna. It is important to note that these are salaries without tips, which traditionally form part of the salary of waiters, but also chefs. Looking at the counties, the highest salaries in tourism are in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, followed by the County of Istria. Although the highest salaries are generally in the City of Zagreb, when it comes to tourism occupations, salaries in the City of Zagreb are lower than those in the Adriatic.Finally found a solution against labor shortage in tourism!From this research it is crystal clear what is the solution to the labor shortage in tourism.Lack of manpower is a problem that has been screaming for years and it was only a matter of time before that bubble burst and when we would find ourselves in the current situation.Yes, everyone knew that and they were very well aware that it was not a question of whether the balloon would burst, but it was only a matter of time – when? Nonetheless, no one reacted or prepared, in fact, because of the short-term run for profit for today, and not looking beyond tomorrow, no one cared. The whole system not only examined the last limits of extensibility, but consciously, with all the alarms and alarms, squeezed the gas to the end.Why did the balloon burst? It is very simple, the system was not sustainable and fair, in fact, the worker, ie the man who is the most valuable resource as well as the key to success in tourism was well at the very bottom of the value. Consumables, if I may be so mild. The mantra was simple. It doesn’t matter if the employee returns next year, there is a great demand for seasonal jobs, so we are going to squeeze every person beyond the endurance limit.Today, when the problem has escalated, and will only escalate in the coming years, everyone is pretending that no one knew anything and at the very least as if they were hit by a meteor. But even today, when everything is clear, there is still no real solution or strategic planning and thus no sun at the end of the tunnel. Only some firefighting measures are looked at, but the whole paradigm is still the same.What is the solution to this big problem? He’s been around us all these years – offer better conditions, both financial and working conditions. Yes, it is just as simple and banal.