Date: 26/03/2019

Active Employment Measures for 2019

AmCham member representatives gathered at a working breakfast organized with Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac to learn about active employment measures implemented by the National Employment Service and exchange experiences of using benefits for employers.

The meeting was opened by Ivona Gvozdenović, project manager at the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, who emphasized the importance of actively encouraging the employment of all marginalized groups, stating that partnership between the business sector and state institutions is the key to success.

Biljana Žižić, head of the employment support department at the National Employment Service (NES), stated that the NES had made public calls and offers aimed at implementing the active employment policy measures predicted by the 2019 program. The public call includes programs in the field of education and training, subsidies for employees with difficulties and programs for people with disabilities.

Ilija Knezević, Head of the Department for Education Training at the NES, presented programs in the field of education and training dealing with initial work experiences and “learning through work and training” for those who either lack sufficient knowledge of their profession or who want to change their profession. Knežević pointed out that programs aimed at providing initial work experiences are either internships or trainee programs, depending on the basis of the employment relationship.
In internship programs, the National Service signs a contract for professional training with persons with at least a secondary level of education, in accordance with the Labor Law. There is no cost to employers.

Public calls for the trainee program are addressed to trainees with medium or high levels of education. During the period of employment, the NES refunds employers a monthly net income between 28,000 and 30,000 dinars (for fully funded hours) and the corresponding tax and compulsory social security contributions for up to 12 months.
Public calls are issued for subsidies for the employment of hard-to-employ people such as those under 30 years of age, those without qualifications or with low-level qualifications, young people in foster care, those older than 50 who are classed as dismissed employees, the disabled, the long-term unemployed and victims of domestic violence. According to this model, the employment relationship is based on a temporary contract lasting 12 months. Funding is granted to the employer in a one-time payment ranging from 150,000 to 300,000 dinars, depending on the category to which the employee belongs.

Biljana Jelenković Paspalj, head of the Department for Professional Rehabilitation and the Employment of People with Disabilities, spoke about programs for employing persons with disabilities, which are realized by repaying the wage costs of a person engaged in providing professional support to an unemployed person with disabilities and by refunding the appropriate costs of adapting the workplace in a one-time payment. Subsidies for the employment of people with disabilities can amount to between 240,000 and 400,000 dinars annually.

The meeting concluded that it is in the interest of all socially responsible companies to include more people with disabilities in the labor market.