Work in Croatia

Getting a job and working in Croatia is one of the reasons why one might want to acquire a residence permit in Europe (an example of this would be a residence permit in Latvia). Working in Croatia also allows you to enjoy all the benefits of residing in the EU, such as freedom of moving in the Schengen area, the chance to be employed and do business in the member-states with fewer requirement, as well as travel to European destinations without the need for a visa (with some exceptions).


As of now, there are approximately 18 767 vacancies available in Croatia. That is 1.6% of all the job positions, both occupied and vacant, in the country.

Wages and expenses

In Croatia the minimum wage is EUR 505.9, while the average salary is EUR 1183.

A single person in Croatia spends an average of EUR 591 per month, not including rent.

Wage distribution

The wages in Croatia differ based on several factors, such as the industry and gender of an employee:

Wage distirbution by gender and insustry in Croatia (in EUR)
Mining and quarrying611614
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply663684
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities463479
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles412439
Transportation and storage496515
Accommodation and food service activities393418
Information and communication633668
Financial and insurance activities657694
Real estate activities456479
Professional, scientific and technical activities526560
Administrative and support service activities335358
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security546572
Human health and social work activities558583
Arts, entertainment and recreation448472
Other service activities403435


The standard workweek in Croatia is 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Trade unions

Trade unions are organizations that protect the rights of workers, and help them settle potential disputes with employers. In Croatia, an employee may use the support pf the following unions:

  • Independent Trade Unions of Croatia (Nezavisni hrvatski sindikati)
  • Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia (Savez samostalnih sindikata Hrvatske)
  • MATICA Association of Croatian Trade Unions (Matica hrvatskih sindikata)
  • Croatian Association of Trade Unions (Hrvatska udruga radnickih sindikata)

Useful resources

If you are planning to work in Croatia, it is useful to know the following information and contacts of organizations.

Workers rights

If you believe your rights have been violated or would like to have a consultation regarding said rights, you can contact Independent Trade Unions of Croatia (Nezavisni hrvatski sindikati).

Looking for work

If you would like to take a look at Croatia's job market, please, consider visiting the following resources:

Work permit services

If you are interested in working in Croatia, you need to obtain a work permit and a residence permit (which in some cases are obtained simultaneously). For this you can use the help of our legal team - we provide consultations, find the best solutions to your unique case and deliver legal assisstance of all kinds. So contact us by using the form on the upper right side of the page, and start a journey to your dream job in Croatia.