Civil Engineers Are Among the Most Sought After Professions in Slovenia

Professions related to the construction industry are among the most sought after ones in Slovenia. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the number of people employed in the construction sector increased by more than 8% as compared to 2017. In addition, Slovenian employers have further opened over four thousand similar vacancies.

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At the end of 2018, bricklayers (6,409 vacancies), cabinet makers (2,951 vacancies), stucco workers (1,458 vacancies), technicians for water pipes and gas pipelines repair and maintenance (1,300 vacancies), construction machinery operators (1,113 vacancies), civil engineers (1,102 vacancies), concrete workers (889 vacancies), engineering controllers (387 vacancies) and civil engineering technicians (202 vacancies) were the most sought-after professions in the construction sector. In total, 24,930 vacancies were opened last year in the construction sector.

The country’s enterprises compensate the current staff shortage by inviting foreign specialists, primarily from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Citizens of this state have the right to receive a work permit in Slovenia for a period of three years, and after the first year they have the right to change the place of employment. Similar conditions will soon be applied to the citizens of Serbia. The relevant agreement with this country is awaiting ratification in the Slovenian parliament.

According to the latest data from the Slovenian Employment Service, in 2019, 10,134 foreigners with a valid work permit have been employed in the construction sector.

It is worth noting that, according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, last year, 361 persons entered the civil engineering study programmes provided by the institutions of secondary vocational education. The highest rate of popularity among civil engineering study programmes offered by secondary vocational schools in the country was recorded in the 2007/2008 academic year with 646 students being enrolled. For comparison, in 2018, 563 applicants were admitted to the civil engineering study programmes in the universities of Slovenia.