Gonzalo Reyes, Senior Social Protection Specialist, The World Bank
Hermine Vidovic, Senior Economist, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)
Monika Schwarzhappel, Head of Statistics Department, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw)
The Jobs Gateway in South Eastern Europe Community of Practice is honored to launch the Western Balkans Labor Market Trends 2019. In this third edition of the report, the authors provide a descriptive analysis of key labor market indicators for the six Western Balkans countries and selected European Union (EU) countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary – between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018. Labor force survey data provided by the Statistical Offices in the Western Balkans countries and by Eurostat for EU comparator countries are used. The findings indicate that labor market performance in the Western Balkans continued to improve, albeit at a slower pace than the previous year, and key challenges remain for women, youth and low-educated workers.
This edition of the report also features a special topic on labor costs, labor taxation and low wages in the Western Balkans. The authors conclude that low wage earners are at a particular disadvantage in the formal labor market in terms of net take home pay and hiring opportunities.
The event will also showcase updated data from the Jobs Gateway in South Eastern Europe database, a regionally comparable database on labor market outcomes between 2010 and the second quarter of 2018.
The video conference connections will be available at the following World Bank offices: Belgrade (6-615) Podgorica (5-2), Prishtina (2-21), Sarajevo (17-12), Skopje (0-03), Tirana (1-116), Vienna (21-5), and Washington, D.C. (MC 7-772). Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English and Serbian.