Last year, most Turkish citizens in Serbia were without a work permit

Last year, most Turkish citizens in Serbia were without a work permit

During the control in 2021, labor inspectors found a total of 7,831 foreign citizens in Serbia, of which about 1,300 did not have work permits, and the largest number of them were Turkish citizens.

In the Report Labor Inspectorate for 2021, which was presented today at the session of the Social and Economic Council (SES), it was stated that during that year, a total of 63,670 inspections and visits were performed, two percent more than in 2020.

Inspectors found 5,261 people working illegally, and after the inspection measures were taken, employers hired more than 3,000 of them. In addition, 151 unregistered companies, which were discovered, were immediately entered in the register of the Business Registers Agency.

Inspectors most often found young people, primarily unskilled workers, mostly up to the middle level of education, employed without regular salaries, then older than 40, as well as recipients of cash benefits, social assistance and similar benefits.

The jobs they performed were usually high-risk

In practice, they are difficult to identify, due to workers’ fear of loss and such work, as well as the consent of workers and employers to avoid legalization of the relationship at the time of inspection, which is most common in construction and seasonal work in agriculture and catering. trade and craft activities.

In some activities, such as catering and construction, it has been noticed that the number of people employed “on the black market” is increasing in the same periods every year.

In the hospitality industry, it is, as stated, in the summer, and in the construction industry towards the end of the construction season. A large shift of labor from one construction site to another was also noticed.

Labor inspectors found those foreigners with whom employers did not conclude employment contracts, did not register them for compulsory social insurance and did not provide them with work permits in Serbia.

According to the report, foreigners caught working “illegally”, after inspections and measures taken by labor inspectors, often do not establish an employment relationship with the employer, but go to their home country, and other foreigners are hired instead.

Most foreign workers came from Turkey, China and Vietnam

In 2021, during the inspection, workers from China, Turkey, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Tunisia, Ghana, South Korea, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the region were found…

Most workers came from China – 5,760, of whom four were without a work permit. Among the most numerous workers who are employed in their home country and sent to work for employers in Serbia are also citizens of China, then Turkey and Vietnam.

The largest number of occupational safety and health controls was performed by employers engaged in trade (10,258), accommodation and food services (1,706), construction (1,540) and industry (1,276).

The conclusion in the annual report of the Inspectorate is that the number of inspections in the field of safety and health at work increased by five percent compared to 2020, and compared to 2019 the number of inspections increased by 31 percent.

Minister Kisić is the new chairman of the SES

Today, the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans’ Affairs and Social Affairs of Serbia, Darija Kisić, took over the chairmanship of the SES from the President of the Union of Employers of Serbia, Miloš Nenezić.

She said at the press conference held after the session of the Social-Economic Council that during the inspections, it was determined that slightly more than 5,200 workers worked in the gray zone.

She added that more than 60 percent of the workers, who were determined to have worked in the gray zone, were employed for an indefinite period of time after the inspection.

Kisic said that the goal of inspections was “not repressive measures”, but “the implementation of all measures that will increase the efficiency of security and improve the working conditions of workers.”

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